On kind of a static weekend at the box office, there’s still an arrow piercing the air. “The Hunger Games” Catching Fire” will cross the $600 million mark tomorrow worldwide. (UPDATE Worldwide total is $673 mil as of Sunday.) Jennifer Lawrence and pals made $7.7 mil last night in the US, and continue their run at numero uno.
Lawrence, who’s 23 years old, has an Oscar, presumably has millions from this franchise, and is staring at a possible Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “American Hustle.” She just won Best Actress ten months ago for “Silver Linings Playbook.” She still seems to be acting fairly normal, but I wouldn’t blame her if she started bathing in diamonds and Fuji water.
Elsewhere, the best new movie of the week, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” is selling out its limited run. Go see this movie and “Nebraska” this weekend. More importantly, “12 Years a Slave” is waiting for you.
These films are instant classics. We’re lucky to have so many great releases this year, along with “Philomena,” and the forthcoming “Lone Survivor,” “American Hustle,” “August Osage County,” and “Mandela.”
It’s interesting to see which ‘good’ movies hit and which don’t. Ron Howard’s “Rush” was largely ignored. When you buy it or rent it soon, you’ll see what a terrific piece of filmmaking this is.