I finally saw The Hunger Games this weekend, and I liked it a lot. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the books a couple summers ago, and the movie was a solid adaptation with a great cast and a really cool sense of style. Jennifer Lawrence was pretty much perfect as Katniss, Stanley Tucci made me laugh every time he was on the screen, and for days now I’ve been resisting the urge to trim my beard like Wes Bentley. I could totally pull it off, you guys. There were a few issues and plot holes, and they definitely toned it down from the book, but overall it was a really solid and enjoyable flick, and my friends liked it too.
SIDENOTE: Did anyone else laugh out loud when Rue said Peeta was “down by the river”? My mind immediately went here:
A scene where Matt Foley gives Katniss a motivational speech would have made this the greatest movie of all time.
Unintended pop culture references aside, The Hunger Games was really good. Also, it’s making a FORTUNE. It’s been the number one movie for FOUR weeks now, and so far it’s hauled in $337 million dollars domestically with close to $200 million overseas. That’s half a billion dollars for an action movie with a female lead. Let’s compare those numbers to the domestic hauls of some male led action and comic book movies:
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two – $381 million
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $352 million
- Iron Man 2 – $312 million
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One – $296 million
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $241 million
- Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – $209 million
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – $187 million
- Thor – $181 million
- Captain America: The First Avenger – $177 million
- Green Lantern – $116 million
Only two of those movies have made more money than The Hunger Games, which should pass them in the next couple weeks. That Chimpanzee movie looks cute and all, but there’s not a lot of competition until The Avengers, really.
Plus, in the past two years only ONE movie might top The Hunger Games’ haul: Toy Story 3 with $415 million. And even then, it’s going to be close. The Hungers Games has already beaten all of the Twilight movies as well, which gives me some hope for the world.
It should also be pointed out that the highest earning movies like Toy Story 3 and the top five flicks on our list each cost about $200 million to make. Only one of them even doubled the initial investment domestically, while The Hunger Games only cost $78 million so it’s already made QUADRUPLE what it cost. It’s a juggernaut!!
Now, Avengers and Dark Knight Rises will probably both top The Hunger Games, but they’re comic book movies. It seems that a) comic book movies do pretty good, and b) a movie with a kick ass female lead is making a MASSIVE fortune and could be the highest grossing film in the USA in the past two years. Is there some way to combine both? To make a movie based on a comic book with a brunette female lead who’s tough and skilled in weaponry, and who gets thrust into an unfamiliar environment and has to fight for what she holds dear? And maybe have an odd, somewhat one-sided romantic relationship with an often hapless blonde guy? Is there anything like that out there?
MAKE A DAMN WONDER WOMAN MOVIE!!
Seriously, come on. There’s no better time to do it. If you make it good and generate some buzz, people will go see it!! I know The Hunger Games has millions of readers and Wonder Woman comics only have tens of thousands, but so do EVERY other comic book property and they’ve been doing phenomenally well lately. So long as you don’t make it suck (coffcoffGreenLanterncoffcoff), it should do pretty well. A kick ass action chick is making a KILLING at the box office right now, and Warner Bros. has the rights to the ORIGINAL kick ass action chick. They need to get on it, hire good people, and make it happen. Now.