Los Angeles: The fourth and final film in the hit “Hunger Games” show — a dystopian fantasy saga that turned Jennifer Lawrence into a Hollywood mega-star — hits the big screen this week and is expected to catch fire in the box office.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” will bring to a close among the greatest franchises in Hollywood, which has already grossed more than $2.2 billion worldwide, according to Lionsgate, the studio that produced the movies.
Based on a bestselling trilogy of young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, the pictures tell the story of Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), the teenage heroine pitched into a deadly fight for survival in the macabre post-apocalyptic kingdom of Panem.
Lawrence — who at 25 is already an Oscar winner as well as the world’s best paid performer — recently told reporters in Los Angeles that she found it “outrageous” to be bid goodbye to the character that catapulted her to fame.
“This picture has been my life for so a long time.”
“Mockingjay – Part 2” opens in a number of states in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East on Wednesday, and in America on Friday.
After combating twice for her life in the “Hunger Games,” a reality TV-style fight to the death, Katniss is now heading rebel forces in a fight to destroy Panem’s totalitarian ruler President Snow.
Jeff Bock, of the box office tracker Exhibitor Relations, said he expects the movie to rake in $800 million global — a substantial figure but less than the $865 million brought in by “Catching Fire,” the second & most successful film in the show thus far.