The Hunger Games is one of the most anticipated films that will be released this year, and with mid-night showings for the Friday release selling out two weeks ago it is set to have a huge opening weekend. Looks like it is going to blow the Twilight series out of the water.
But what about Harry Potter. Here are 5 reasons we think The Hunger Games will not be bigger than Harry Potter.
5. Family-Friendly Fantasy vs. Dystopian Mayhem:
This may be the biggest factor to why Harry Potter will win out. The first Potter film was a bring the whole family, PG-rated crowd-pleaser. The Hunger Games is a PG-13 tale of teen-vs.-teen slaughter. Not something that sounds like fun for the whole family.
4. Source Material:
Author Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games book trilogy has sold 26 million copies. That is a phenomenal sales number. But that is a drop in the bucket for how many copies of the Harry Potter books sold. The J.K. Rowling penned series has reportedly sold 15x that amount.
3. High Bar:
The first Potter set an opening-weekend mark with a then-record $90 million Friday-Sunday debut. While The Hunger Games is expected to clear that number, and maybe with room to spare, it’s not expected to set a new opening-weekend record. The bar has been raised, and can The Hunger Games rise to the challenge?
2. Higher Bar:
If 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone had sold tickets at 2011 prices ($7.93 instead of $5.65), then, assuming attendance remained the same, the movie would have posted a $126 million debut. That would be a very high estimation for how The Hunger Games will fair this weekend.
1. International Flava:
Sorcerer’s Stone played to its base, stocking its cast with U.K. stalwarts such as Richard Harris and Alan Rickman. The Hunger Games has Aussie Liam Hemsworth, but largely filled out its character roles with Americans (Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, etc.). The suggestion here is not that Sorcerer’s Stone cleaned up because of Maggie Smith; the suggestion here is that names like Smith’s do matter to overseas audiences, and that the Jennifer Lawrence-led Hunger Games may leave some money on the table because it stayed true to its U.S. roots—and didn’t try to sell the old sci-fi movie trope that we’ll all sound vaguely British in the near future.
The Bottom Line: There’s only one Harry Potter. There’s only one Twilight, for that matter. And there’s only one Hunger Games. Comparisons are inexact and unfair. What is great for one person, may not be great to someone else.
All I know is that we here at Lite are super excited about theThe Hunger Games,but lets just wait before we anoint it the next great movie series.
What do you think? Will The Hunger Games be bigger than Harry Potter? Give us your answer in the comments.
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