Independent studio Lions Gate said that 61 percent of the audience for “The Hunger Games” in its opening weekend was female while 56 percent over age 25, which may indicate that Hollywood needs to put more women in starring roles of their films.
“The Hunger Games” earned $155 million at the box office over the weekend, giving it the third-biggest opening weekend of all time.
The Washington Post reported that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” ranks at No. 1, with $169.1 million and “The Dark Knight” comes in second, earning $158.4 million. “The Hunger Games” holds the top amount for a film that isn’t a sequel.
“The Hunger Games’” star Jennifer Lawrence may end up as the biggest action hero of 2012, according to Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News. As Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence plays a 16-year-old warrior who single-handedly supports her family.
Pam Grier starred in films like “Coffy” and “Foxy Brown” in the 1970s, while Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton played in “Alien” and “Terminator” films. According to the Washington Post, the movie “Salt” with Angelina Jolie earned $118 million in the U.S. in 2010, and was made for about $100 million. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” made for $90 million, brought in $102.5 million.
But Lawrence’s movie has a chance to earn more than $300 million in profit for Lions Gate, according to analysts. The Los Angeles Times reports the movie and its three expected sequels may generate $1.5 billion or more to Lions Gate.
That being said, last year, when Lawrence was announced as playing the role of the dark-haired Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," a lot of the books’ fans were unhappy because Lawrence is a natural blonde. Lawrence dyed her hair for the part.
Columnist Grae Drake said to USA Today, "The hair is such an important part of their connection to book characters. Hair color turns out to be a very big deal."