The Hunger Games catches on like wildfire

After the behemoth successes of such YA adaptation franchises as Harry Potter and Twilight, The Hunger Games had some insanely high expectations to meet, from fans as well as box office watchers. Yet we were all blown away by its results. Critics cheered the dystopian thriller, and audiences turned out in droves upon droves, driving The Hunger Games to break one box office record after another. Amassing more than $686 million worldwide, it became the third highest grossing film of the year, and proved once and for all that a female heroine is not a box office liability. Plus, its star Jennifer Lawrence has shown to be a girl on fire in her own right, drawing rave reviews for this feature and Oscar buzz for her 180 degree turn as an unhinged young widow in Silver Linings Playbook. May the odds be ever in her favor.

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