The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay – Part 1
MockingjayPart1Poster3.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Produced by Nina Jacobson
Jon Kilik
Screenplay by Danny Strong
Peter Craig[1]
Based on Mockingjay 
by Suzanne Collins
Starring
Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Jo Willems
Edited by Alan Edward Bell
Mark Yoshikawa
Production
company
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release dates
  • November 19, 2014 (2014-11-19) (Brazil)
  • November 21, 2014 (2014-11-21) (North America)
[2][3][4]
Running time
123 minutes[5]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $125 million[6]
Box office $751.4 million[6]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American war adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the first of two films based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, and the third installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and distributed by Lionsgate. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. It is the sequel to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and will be followed by the concluding entry, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

The story continues to follow Katniss Everdeen; having twice survived the Hunger Games, Katniss finds herself in District 13. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the Capitol and fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Principal photography for both parts of the film began on September 23, 2013, in Atlanta, before moving to Paris for two weeks of filming and officially concluding on June 20, 2014, in Berlin.[7]

Part 1 was released on November 19, 2014 in Brazil, November 20, 2014 in Malaysia, United Kingdom, Greece and Indonesia, November 21, 2014 in the United States, November 28, 2014 in India, and February 8, 2015 in China. It landed atop Fandango's list of most-anticipated films of 2014.[8] Like its predecessors, the film was a commercial success grossing $55 million on its opening day, making it the largest opening day of 2014 and the sixth-largest in November. The film went to the No. 1 spot during its opening weekend with a $121.9 million gross, becoming the biggest opening of 2014 and marking The Hunger Games film series as the only franchise to have three films earn over $100 million in a weekend. As of February 18, the film has earned over $751 million worldwide.

Mockingjay – Part 1 received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with praise aimed at its solid performances and political subtext, but noticed for its lack of action and criticism for splitting the novel into two feature films. The film has garnered two nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie for Lawrence and Best Original Song for "Yellow Flicker Beat". The song also received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.

Plot[edit]

After being rescued from the destroyed arena in the 75th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen, along with fellow Victors Beetee and Finnick Odair, is taken to District 13, a hidden district cut off from the rest of Panem that has been spearheading the rebellion, where she is reunited with her mother and sister Prim. While recuperating, she is introduced to President Alma Coin, the rebel leader, and is told that her actions in the arena sparked riots and strikes against the Capitol. Coin asks her if she will become the "Mockingjay"—the symbol of the rebellion—as part of their "hearts and minds" strategy. Katniss flatly declines, angrily reminding her that they left Peeta Mellark, her portrayed lover and fellow District 12 tribute, behind in the arena. At the suggestion of Plutarch Heavensbee, the former Gamemaker, she is taken to see the ruins of District 12, which was completely leveled by a Capitol bombing campaign (with the exception of the houses in the Victor's Village). After seeing that Peeta is being used by Capitol state television to try and quell the rebellion, Katniss reluctantly changes her mind and agrees to become Coin's Mockingjay, on the condition that Peeta and the other victors will be rescued at the earliest opportunity and pardoned and Katniss is reserved the right to execute Snow.

After Haymitch notes that Katniss thrives on spontaneity, she is introduced to her film team (led by Capitol escapee Cressida), is dressed up in a specially-designed outfit, and given Effie Trinket as a stylist and close friend Gale as a bodyguard. They go out to District 8 to visit a hospital, but as the visit concludes, a Capitol bombing squadron arrives and bombs the hospital, killing everyone inside. In her rage, Katniss gives a rousing speech to the camera, which is broadcast when Beetee hijacks the Capitol's news feed. After it is broadcast, strikers in District 7 kill an entire team of Peacekeepers with hidden land mines.

After seeing a weakened Peeta on TV the team then go back to District 12, where Gale tells the story of its destruction, and Katniss is filmed singing "The Hanging Tree". A rebel demolition team from District 5 destroys the dam providing the Capitol with electricity, forcing them to use power generators and weakening their ability to broadcast their propaganda.

That night, Katniss is watching Peeta being interviewed by Caesar Flickerman, the Games' former presenter, when, in an apparent defiance of his captors, he suddenly shouts a warning to the camera that the Capitol is about to attack District 13. Coin orders a mass evacuation into the underground shelters. While Prim is nearly locked out when she goes back to get her cat, everyone manages to get inside safely, and the facility survives the attack unharmed. Upon emerging, Katniss discovers that the area is littered with white roses, and realizes that President Snow has sent them to taunt her, and presumes that he is about to kill Peeta. As Peeta's warning gave the District an additional eight minutes evacuation time, Coin dispatches an elite special forces team, which includes Gale, to rescue him, along with Johanna Mason, and Annie Cresta, the remaining Victors, from their prison in the Capitol's Tribute center. The rescue is successful. However, when Katniss goes to greet Peeta, he unexpectedly attacks and strangles her into unconsciousness, before being knocked unconscious himself by Boggs.

Katniss wakes up in the medical facility, and is informed that Peeta has been "hijacked" — a form of physical/mental torture in which he is brainwashed into wanting to kill Katniss by associating memories of her with the psychological terror created by tracker jacker venom — explaining why the Capitol allowed Gale's team to escape. A process to undo the effects then begins, with Peeta kept in isolation. Meanwhile, Coin announces the successful rescue of the Victors, and that the fight may now be taken to the Capitol.

Cast[edit]

For character descriptions from the novels, see List of The Hunger Games characters.
A seventeen year old from District 12 and victor of the 74th Hunger Games, she becomes a reluctant hero and symbol of hope for the nation after escaping the third Quarter Quell in Catching Fire. On her character, Lawrence said, "She's in a different world. She wakes up in District 13 and she has to adjust to a completely new life."[9][10] Director Francis Lawrence said that her character now compared to the previous film is just "ratcheted up" and that "she's panicked, and she can't sleep. She's barely able to hold it together." On her relationships with the other characters, he said that Katniss "feels betrayed by Haymitch and by Plutarch. She also feels lost without Peeta" and that because of that "she's very, very fragile and very, very angry." Screenwriter Peter Craig said that "everyone is waiting for her, hoping that she is alive. They're banking on her to change the world. It's both high anxiety-provoking and exhilarating to follow her as she tries to understand what is going on - and takes on this new identity outside of the arena."[11] Producer Nina Jacobson says that "emotionally, Katniss is betrayed. She's a foreigner in a strange land. She knows that people are looking to her to make a change, and this is the time where she realizes she can't stand by and do nothing. Snow has done too much. There has been too much deception, and the people Katniss loves are in danger. She will do whatever it takes to keep them safe."[12]
Joint victor of the 74th Hunger Games, he is captured at the end of Catching Fire and he loses his mind after being tortured.[13] Hutcherson says that he's "always thought that the arc that Peeta takes is really incredible throughout the whole series" and that Peeta's character arc, "from the beginning he's such a vulnerable young lad, and into the literally tortured, inflicted kind of PTSD-suffering person that he becomes in Mockingjay is kind of incredible."[14][15] Cast member Jeffrey Wright said he is interested to see Peeta's journey realized "because he essentially plays a guy, a warrior who's trying to deal with PTSD and among other things."[citation needed]
Katniss's best friend from District 12 and now a soldier in District 13. He is one of the few hundred survivors after the bombings of his district. Hemsworth said on Gale's role in comparison to the previous films, "I mean Gale has the majority of his stuff is in the third book and it's when you get to see him standing up to it all. You see bits and pieces of it through the first two [books], of how passionate he is about it, and he gets to sink his teeth in in the third one. Gale is a big part of the uprising"[14]
A paunchy, middle-aged man and an alcoholic, he is one of the only three victors from District 12. Now under the command of District 13, he is forced to go under detox as they do not permit the consumption of alcohol. He loses Katniss' trust after breaking his promise to save Peeta before her.[10]
Previously the Capitol-born chaperone and publicity representative for District 12 tributes during the Hunger Games, she is now a Capitol-born rebel in District 13. While her character does not make an appearance in the novel until the end, director Lawrence reveals that he has expanded her role in the films, "She's back! In the book, Fulvia basically replaces her. But how can anybody replace Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in these movies? When [author] Suzanne Collins saw Catching Fire, she called and one of the first things she said was, 'There's no way Effie Trinket cannot be in the Mockingjay films.' Effie brings such warmth and fun and levity to these dark stories. She's the fish out of water in this one and fans will love how she has adapted to the world of District 13." Producer Nina Jacobson adds that Effie's reasoning for helping the rebellion is "for personal reasons, not political reasons" and that "unlike Plutarch, she has to be convinced to help. She does not want to be part of the revolution."[11]
One of the leaders of the rebellion residing in District 13, he managed to pull the strings for the rebellion behind the scenes in the Capitol during the 75th Hunger Games by pretending to work for President Snow as the Head Gamemaker and helped Katniss and a few other tributes escape the arena. Hoffman said that, "his job becomes very different. The story becomes very different and everyone will see what happens."[16] Director Francis Lawrence explains that "not everybody who grows up in the Capitol is a bad person. This is the movie where Phil [Seymour Hoffman] shows us who he really is, and he is great in this movie, hitting on Plutarch's sense of humor and political maneuvering."[11]
The president of District 13 and the leader of the rebellion. Moore was a big fan of the book series and has "read all the books all the way through and I'm like, 'I want to be in this movie.' Clearly [Coin] was the only part I could play." Describing her character in the books, she says "Coin is very sparingly drawn because you don't know who she is because she's only spoken about through Katniss' point of view. And Katniss immediately mistrusts her in the way sometimes a young person will mistrust an older person who is not familiar to them or is in a position of authority."[18] Director Francis Lawrence said "Coin's singular vision to unite all of the districts in a massive rebellion is no small undertaking, especially when most of the districts have no idea that District 13 still exists. Her relationship with Katniss is very complicated as well, because Katniss is wary of everyone at this point. Julianne [Moore] has done an amazing job with helping to shape the character of Coin." Screenwriter Peter Craig says Moore's portrayal of Coin is filled with such "intelligence and warmth; anyone would want to be loyal to the character she has created.[11]
The tyrannical President of Panem who has an affinity for white roses. Sutherland compares Snow's dangerous battle with Katniss to a love affair, "because love affairs often start with people hating each other — the attraction is so deep and profound," he says. "This is going to go on until it all ends. Snow only gets better." Director Francis Lawrence says that "everything that happens in this story is driven by the antagonist, which is why President Snow is so vital, it gets very personal with these characters."[19]
Resident director from the Capitol, she flees alongside her camera crew and assistant, Messalla, to District 13 to join the rebellion in hopes of ending President Snow's control of Panem. Dormer originally intended to shave her entire head for the role but ended up shaving only half. She said she discussed it [with Francis Lawrence] and "took the job on the premise that I would possibly shave my whole head. I'm actually really pleased that we went halfway because I think it's more the Capitol... She comes from the Capitol, so she's got a stylized thing going on and now she's turned rebel. I think it's right for the character."[21] On the similarities between Cressida and the character she plays on Game of Thrones, Margaery Tyrell, she said that Cressida "is employed by the rebellion in this modern capacity that we would recognize as PR and propaganda, winning over hearts and minds in the civil war. And yeah, what Margaery does is modern PR-stunting. So yes, there would be a similarity between the two characters, that they are astute at media manipulation."[22][23]
Trident-wielding victor of the 65th Hunger Games, he escapes from the third Quarter Quell alongside Katniss and other tributes and seeks refuge in District 13. He is distressed, unhinged, and is unable to focus on anything other than his girlfriend Annie Cresta, who was captured by the Capitol during the escape. Claflin said that Finnick since the last film has "been left in a very, very sad and upsetting place. He's lost his wife and he doesn't know where she is. It starts in a very distressing place for him, in the beginning of Mockingjay. He just goes on a hellish journey."[24] Director Lawrence said on his casting, that even though he "has the looks, the beauty, the athleticism, the charm," those were not the deciding factors in Claflin's portrayal that sold him, but "his emotional depth. Because I always knew where Finnick was going to go as a character, and what we were going to learn about him as the stories progressed, that drew me to Sam."[25][26]
District 7 victor who was captured by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire along with Peeta.[27]

Additionally, Stanley Tucci,[28][29] Willow Shields,[30][31] Jeffrey Wright, and Paula Malcomson all reprised their roles as Caesar Flickerman, Primrose Everdeen, Beetee Latier, and Mrs. Everdeen respectively. Stef Dawson plays Annie Cresta (after having a cameo appearance in Catching Fire),[32] Finnick's girlfriend from District 4 who is captured by the Capitol.[33] Evan Ross plays Messalla,[34] assistant director to Cressida. Patina Miller portrays Commander Paylor,[35][36] the leader of the rebellion in District 8. Mahershala Ali portrays Boggs, Coin's right-hand man, while Wes Chatham portrays Castor and Elden Henson plays his brother, Pollux, who is an Avox, someone who had his tongue cut off by the Capitol. Robert Knepper portrays Antonius, a character who does not appear in the books and is an addition to the adaptation.[37][38]

Production[edit]

Pre-production[edit]

On July 10, 2012, Lionsgate announced that the third and final installment in the series, Mockingjay, would be split into two parts. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was released on November 21, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is scheduled for November 20, 2015.[39] Many directors, including Rian Johnson, Francis Lawrence and Alfonso Cuarón were considered for the job. On November 1, 2012, Lawrence, director of Catching Fire, announced he would return to direct both final parts in the series.[40]

On December 6, 2012, Danny Strong announced that he would be writing the third and fourth films.[41] On February 15, 2013, Lionsgate confirmed the script for Part 1 was written by Strong, giving him permission to write Part 2.[42] Later in August, Hemsworth confirmed that shooting of the film would begin in September 2013.[43]

The film's production began on September 16, 2013 in Boston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.[44] On November 13, 2013, Nina Jacobson revealed that Peter Craig was also hired to write the adaptations.[1]

Casting[edit]

On August 26, 2013, it was announced that actress Stef Dawson has joined the cast and would portray Annie Cresta.[45] Lionsgate announced on September 13, 2013 that Julianne Moore had joined the cast of both Mockingjay '​s parts to play President Alma Coin.[17] Over the next month, Patina Miller, Mahershala Ali, Wes Chatham, and Elden Henson joined the cast as Commander Paylor, Boggs, Castor, and Pollux, respectively, Lionsgate announced.[36][46][47] There was a casting call for extras on September 23.[48] Robert Knepper was cast as Antonius,[37][49] a character who does not appear in the books and is an addition to the adaptation. Knepper has stated that during his audition he knew that the lines he received were not what he would end up doing, adding that "they [Lionsgate] are so secretive about this."[50]

Filming[edit]

Shooting began on September 23, 2013 in Atlanta and concluded on June 20, 2014 in Berlin. Part 1 was filmed back-to-back with Part 2.[51] In mid-October, the crews were spotted filming in Rockmart.[52] The crew and cast took a break to promote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and filming resumed on December 2, 2013. On December 14, 2013 shooting took place at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta.[53] On December 18, shooting began at Caldwell Tanks in Newnan, Georgia.[54]

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Plutarch Heavensbee in the film, died on February 2, 2014 in New York. Lionsgate released a statement stating that Hoffman had completed filming most of his scenes prior to his death.[55][56]

On April 18, 2014, producer Nina Jacobson announced that filming in Atlanta had just wrapped up,[57] followed by director Francis Lawrence announcing the next day about moving production to Europe.[58][59] It was announced that they would be filming battle scenes in Paris and at Berlin Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.[60][61] They began filming in the streets of Paris and in the city of Ivry-sur-Seine on May 7, where Lawrence and Hemsworth were spotted during the filming of some scenes among extras.[62]

On May 9, it was reported that filming was taking place in Noisy le Grand, Paris where Lawrence, Hemsworth, Hutcherson, and Claflin were spotted on the set which re-created the world of Panem.[63] It is the same location where Brazil was filmed in 1984.[64]

Costumes[edit]

Christian Cordella, a costume illustrator on the first movie, returned to sketch the outfits for District 13.[65]

Music[edit]

The music was created to contrast the dark feel of the film. On October 9, 2014, it was revealed that the Trinity School boys' choir recorded tracks for the score, written by James Newton Howard.[66] Jennifer Lawrence performed the film's version of the song "The Hanging Tree", originally featured in the novel, but was not thrilled about having to sing and cried the day of the performance.[67] As of the evening of November 25, 2014, the song was #4 on the Apple's iTunes top 150 list.[68] "The Hanging Tree" also peaked at #1 in Austria[69] and Hungary[70] and peaked at #12 on Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.[71]

Score[edit]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Original Motion Picture Score
Film score by James Newton Howard
Released November 24, 2014[72]
Genre Soundtrack
Label Universal Republic
James Newton Howard chronology
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Original Motion Picture Score The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Original Motion Picture Score
Singles from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Original Motion Picture Score
  1. "The Hanging Tree"
    Released: December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)
No. Title Length
1. "The Mockingjay"   2:39
2. "Remind Her Who the Enemy Is"   2:29
3. "District 12"   3:23
4. "Snow's Speech"   3:32
5. "Please Welcome Peeta"   3:53
6. "Katniss' Nightmare"   2:06
7. "The Arsenal"   3:54
8. "Incoming Bombers"   4:33
9. "Don't Be a Fool Katniss"   1:40
10. "District 12 Ruins"   3:38
11. "The Hanging Tree" (Featuring Jennifer Lawrence) 3:38
12. "Peeta's Broadcast"   1:45
13. "Air Raid Drill"   4:31
14. "It's Gonna Be a Long Night"   2:26
15. "Taunting the Cat"   2:08
16. "White Roses"   3:25
17. "District 8 Hospital"   2:07
18. "The Broadcast"   1:11
19. "Jamming the Capitol"   3:27
20. "Inside the Tribute Center"   3:44
21. "Put Me on the Air"   3:10
22. "They're Back"   2:47
23. "Victory"   2:54

Marketing[edit]

Tim Palen, the head of marketing for Lionsgate said, "When we started, we decided to look at this as one big movie that's eight hours long. Otherwise, it's going to be kind of overwhelming to do a new campaign for each movie." He also added that he saw the biggest potential in international growth and that they matched Iron Man 3 domestically, but were aiming to improve internationally for the two Mockingjay films. He revealed in an interview with Variety that there would be reveals of the marketing campaign at the Cannes Film Festival in May and San Diego Comic Con in July.[73]

On May 14, 2014 TheHungerGamesExclusive.com was launched. It featured three stills from the movie, featuring Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeffrey Wright with an additional behind-the-scenes still of director Francis Lawrence and Mahershala Ali. The website also featured other content, including a short GIF image of Julianne Moore as President Coin and a video interview with Moore. There was also an in-depth interview with director Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson and screenwriter Peter Craig. A page from the script of Part 1 was also released in addition to a motion poster, with the tagline, "Fire burns brighter in the darkness."[74]

On May 17, 2014, while principal photography was underway in Paris, some of the cast and crew including Lawrence, Hutcherson, Hemsworth, Claflin, Moore, Sutherland, Lawrence, and Jacobson attended the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for a photo shoot and party bash to excite international investors.[75] Co-chairman of Lionsgate Rob Friedman said in response to why they would incur such big expense even though the film isn't actually playing at the festival that it was convenient as the cast were in Europe already and that "it's a big opportunity for our international distributors to actually hear what the worldwide plans are for the film, which opens in November. Cannes is the best publicity opportunity from an international penetration perspective."[76]

Kabam announced their partnership with Lionsgate to create a mobile game based on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, to tie in with the film's release. Kabam produced an exclusive role playing, card collection mobile game. In the game, players assume the identity of District members sent on a mission in order to build their alliance, liberate their District, and rebuild Panem. "Lionsgate has an unparalleled track record of developing and producing blockbuster movie franchises like The Hunger Games," said Kabam Chief Operating Officer Kent Wakeford. "Partnering with Lionsgate, Kabam will build a mobile game that's as much fun to play as the movie is to watch. The game will be developed in Kabam's China studio, the same place where the hit film-based game The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was created and went on to generate more than $100 million in revenue during its first year."[77]

The film was not listed on the schedule for San Diego Comic-Con International 2014, which raised questions on their absence by fans and the press.[78][79] Lionsgate announced on July 18, 2014, a week before the event, that the film would have a presence at the convention. Lionsgate partnered up with Samsung to debut the first teaser trailer on Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S at the convention on Friday, July 25, which was being hosted off-site at the Hard Rock Hotel. The partnership allowed Samsung users to view the trailer before the online release, download the first two movies for free as well as be given a free complimentary ticket to the movie.[80] On July 28, the teaser trailer officially debuted online through the movie's official Facebook page and YouTube account.[81][82] A full worldwide official trailer was released on September 15.[83] The final trailer was released on October 29.

Viral marketing[edit]

The District 12 Heroes poster, representing the district's industry of mining as part of 'The Capitol' viral marketing campaign.

A viral marketing campaign began on June 21, 2014 with the return of TheCapitol.PN[84] a "government" website for Panem which was used throughout the promotion for the previous two films. In conjunction with Yahoo and their new partnership with Tumblr, they released the 'District Heroes Collection' which featured several posters representing seven of the thirteen districts in Panem. The website opened registrations for "citizens of Panem" to register with their email to receive updates for Capitol TV.

On June 25, TheCapitol.PN viral site released a video titled "President Snow's Address - 'Together As One'" featuring a speech by Donald Sutherland, in character as President Snow addressing the citizens of Panem and warning them that if they fight the system, they will be the ones to face the repercussions. The video also briefly features Josh Hutcherson, in character as Peeta Mellark, who at the final events of the previous film was taken hostage by the Capitol.[85][86][87][88] The video went viral on YouTube becoming the most watched trailer during the last week of June in the US while trending as the most "Popular Video on YouTube" in Australia and Canada.[89] The video, billed as a teaser trailer, was attached to screenings of Transformers: Age of Extinction beginning June 28.[90]

Two weeks later on July 9, Capitol TV released a second viral video titled 'President Snow's Address - Unity' featuring again another speech by President Snow with Peeta Mellark standing beside him, but this time accompanied by Jena Malone in character as Johanna Mason, who was also captured by the Capitol at the end of the previous film, and a group of peacekeepers. The speech, however, was interrupted by Jeffrey Wright, in character as Beetee Latier, a technician from District 13, to announce that "the Mockingjay lives."[91] Within minutes, #TheMockingjayLives and '#2 - Unity' became the top two trending topics worldwide on Twitter.

On July 24, shortly before the trailer's official release, a teaser poster for the movie was posted on The Capitol's Instagram account, but was quickly deleted.[92] Shortly after the removal of the poster, the account issued an apology "[for the] technical issues", presenting the poster's posting as a hack from the District 13 rebellions.[93] On July 28, the teaser trailer officially debuted online through the film's official Facebook page and YouTube account, within minutes, #MockingjayTeaserTrailerToday, #OurLeadertheMockingjay, and #OfficialTeaserTrailer became trending topics worldwide on Twitter.

On August 6, after few clues given on the official Facebook page, www.district13.co.in was launched.[94] The website introduced new posters for the District 13 characters including Beetee, Coin, Plutarch, Finnick, Haymitch and Effie.[95]

Political ramifications[edit]

On November 20, 2014, some showings were reportedly canceled in Thailand because protestors were using the three-finger salute at demonstrations against the country's military government.[96][97][98][99]

On November 24, 2014, it was reported that in relation to the Ferguson unrest regarding the shooting of Michael Brown, a protester had scrawled graffiti reading "If we burn, you burn" on an arch in St. Louis, Missouri. In the film and associated novel, the character Katniss Everdeen used the phrase as a challenge to the ruling administration after they bombed a hospital and she retaliated by shooting down two of the planes used in the bombing. The cry was then taken up by various citizens in Panem as they began committing acts of resistance.[100]

On November 27, 2014, Hong Kong protestors used the three-finger salute while occupying Mong Kok.[101]

Release[edit]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was released on November 19, 2014, in 9 territories including France, Scandinavia and Brazil, and then expanded to a further 59 on November 20, 2014, including the UK, Germany, Australia, Italy, Mexico and South Korea. With 17 more released on November 21, 2014 including the United States, the total launch was in 85 markets, making it the biggest release of the year and Lionsgate's widest release ever.[102] The film was released in China on February 8, 2015 in 2D and 3D, making it the first film in the franchise to be released in 3D in any territory and debuted in more than 4,000 screens.[103][104] Director Francis Lawrence stated: "we recently saw the 3-D version of Mockingjay – Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic."[105]

Home video[edit]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was released on Digital HD on February 17, 2015, and will be followed by a Blu-ray/DVD release on March 6, 2015.[106]

Reception[edit]

Box office forecast[edit]

Early analysts were projecting that Mockingjay – Part 1 could earn around $130–$160 million and as high as $170 million in its opening weekend at the box office.[107][108][109][110][111] Fandango and MovieTickets.com also reported that the film had the highest advance ticket sales of 2014 and accounted for 80% of the total ticket sales that went on sale from October 29, three weeks prior to the film's wide release.[112][113]

Box office[edit]

As of February 26, 2015, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has grossed $336,464,000 in North America and $414,964,344 in other territories for a worldwide total of $751,428,344.[114] The film has become the fifth highest-grossing film of 2014.[115] Its worldwide opening of $273.8 million is the sixteenth largest of all time, the largest opening of 2014 behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($302.1 million), and the largest among The Hunger Games franchise.[116]

North America[edit]

In North America, the film was released across 3,200 theaters on Thursday night, November 20, 2014 and was followed by a wider release on Friday, November 20, 2014 in 4,151 theaters.[107][110] The film earned $17 million from Thursday night previews which is the biggest of 2014 but was lower than its two predecessor.[117][118][119] It earned $55 million in its opening day which is the largest opening day of 2014 and the sixth largest in November but nevertheless still lower than its predecessors.[120][121][122] It is the fifteenth film to debut on Friday with $50 million or more, and the nineteenth film to earn 50 million or more in a single day.[123] The film topped the box office in its opening weekend with $121.9 million, at an average of $29,366 per theater and became the biggest opening of 2014 surpassing the $100 million record of Transformers: Age of Extinction[124] as well as becoming the fifteenth largest, the 28th film to debut atop with over $100 million, and the only franchise to have three films earn over $100 million in a weekend.[125] Its opening weekend is also the sixth-largest of November.[126] However, its opening weekend gross was still relatively lower than the openings of The Hunger Games ($152 million) and Catching Fire ($158 million).[127] In its second weekend the film remained at the summit earning $56.9 million and set a record for the third-highest 5-day Thanksgiving gross with $82.6 million behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($109.9 million) and Frozen ($93.6 million)[128][129][130] and the fifth-highest 3-day Thanksgiving gross with $56.9 million.[131] The film topped the box office for three consecutive weeks[132] before being overtaken by Exodus: Gods and Kings in its fourth weekend.[133] The film passed the $300 million mark in its 6th weekend (37 days later) and became the second film of 2014 to earn over $300 million at the box office after Guardians of the Galaxy.[134] On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 61 days after its initial release, the film surpassed Guardians of the Galaxy and became the highest grossing film of 2014 in North America.[135] This made The Hunger Games the first film series to have two films become the highest-grossing title in North America two years in a row since box office tracking began in 1982.[136][137] The film has so far earned $336 million at the North American box office making it the third highest-grossing film in The Hunger Games franchise,[138] the highest-grossing film of 2014,[139] the fourth highest-grossing science fiction film based on a book,[140] the fourth highest-grossing young-adult adaptation.[141] and the thirty-sixth highest-grossing film in North America.[142] It is also the first film to cross the $300 million mark without 3D or IMAX since Iron Man (2008) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), and also the highest-grossing non-3D, non IMAX film since Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006).[143]

Other territories[edit]

Outside North America, Mockingjay – Part 1 was also released on the same day in 85 other markets, with the notable exceptions of China, Japan and India, making it the widest release of any film in 2014.[107][110] The film earned over $33 million in two days (Wednesday–Thursday) and $67.5 million in three days (Wednesday–Friday) from 17,000 screens in 85 markets.[144] In its opening weekend overseas, the film earned $154.3 million which is 4% higher than Catching Fire.[145] The highest debuts came from the UK ($19.9 million), Germany ($13.7 million), Mexico ($12.1 million), India ($5.1 million), Russia ($11.1 million), France ($10.5 million), Australia ($10.1 million) and Brazil ($8.8 million).[146] The film remained at #1 in its second and third week overseas earning $67 million and $32.9 million respectively. It also passed the $300 million mark overseas in its third weekend.[147][148][149] In its fourth weekend, the film fell to #2 as a result of being overtaken by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.[150][151]

In China, where the film was released over two and a half months later — on February 8, 2015, it had a strong opening day with $9.87 million[152] and went on to earn $31.4 million through its opening week, which is more than what Catching Fire earned through its entire run.[153]

It became the highest-grossing Hunger Games film of all time in 31 countries including Brazil, Italy, Chile, Venezuela, Central America and Portugal.[150]

Critical response[edit]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with praise aimed at its solid performances and political subtext, but criticized for its lack of action and for splitting the novel into two feature films. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 65% approval rating, based on 228 reviews, with an average score of 6.4/10. The site's consensus reads: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 sets up the franchise finale with a penultimate chapter loaded with solid performances and smart political subtext, though it comes up short on the action front."[154] The film holds a Metacritic score of 64 out of 100 based on 44 collocated reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[155] Both the The Telegraph[156] and the Los Angeles Times, however, reported a mixed to average reception.[157] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an "A-" grade.[158]

Cath Clarke of Time Out gave the film four out of five stars. She praised the politics as "tensely gripping" and felt it had a lot to say about the "ethical ambiguities of war." She praised Lawrence's performance as "strong, smart, stubborn, angry and full of heart" and noted it had grown "deeper and darker."[159] Kevin Harley, who reviewed the film for Total Film, also awarded the film four out of five stars. He felt the film held up due to Lawrence's performance and solid supporting cast. He also offered praise to the action scenes and diverse story telling. He concluded that the movie was "gutsy" and managed to successfully divide the novel into a film "less on scraps than strategy" and "less on action than debates" though he noted this threatened to "distance viewers."[160]

Robbie Collin awarded the film three out of five stars. In his review for The Telegraph, he praised the film for being "intense, stylish, topical, well-acted" and declared that it "remains one of the most fascinating, vividly realised fantasy landscapes in recent cinema." Despite praising Lawrence and Hoffman's performance, he felt the it was overcrowded with "two hours of preamble with no discernible payoff." He concluded that the film "fell short" and "could not be called satisfying."[161] Henry Barnes of The Guardian also gave the film three out of five stars. He felt it offered "thrills" despite "lacking a solid structure" and featured "limp special effects." He was also critical of the "creaky script" and felt it lacked some of the "terror" of the previous installments. He did however praise the acting of Lawrence.[162]

Todd McCarthy, who reviewed the film for The Hollywood Reporter, felt the installment was "disappointingly bland and unnecessarily protracted." He was critical of the film's leisurely pace and noted it felt "like a manufactured product through and through, ironic and sad given its revolutionary theme."[163] Richard Corliss of Time felt the film was a placeholder for the second installment and noted "Lawrence isn't given much opportunity to do anything spectacularly right here."[164]

Accolades[edit]

List of Awards and Nominations
Award Category Recipients and nominees Results
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Breakthrough Performance – Female Patina Miller Pending
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress in Action Movie Jennifer Lawrence Nominated
Best Song "Yellow Flicker Beat" by Lorde Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Original Song – Motion Picture "Yellow Flicker Beat" - Lorde Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Best Female Images in Movies Won
Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Villain Donald Sutherland Pending
Favorite Movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Pending
Favorite Male Action Star Liam Hemsworth Pending
Favorite Female Action Star Jennifer Lawrence Pending

Sequel[edit]

Lionsgate will release the second part of the Mockingjay adaptation on November 20, 2015.[165]

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