A new trailer has arrived for the film “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.”
“Mockingjay” is based on the book of the same name, which is the final book in the “Hunger” series by Suzanne Collins. The last book was split into two movies, so the previous film, “Mockingjay – Part 1,” was released this past November and the new movie will (presumably) conclude the film series.
The “Hunger” movies star Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a teenager who lives in a dystopian future and is selected to participate in the Hunger Games, for which one child from each of the districts in her country is chosen. The young people must kill one another until one is left standing and the Games are televised each year.
Actors Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julianne Moore co-star.
It will be interesting to see how the newest and last “Games” movie performs at the box office, however. While the devoted readership would have likely made the first movie a hit anyway, the first film in the series, 2012’s “The Hunger Games,” debuted in March of that year, a traditionally quiet month, and became the third-highest-grossing movie of the year. The second film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” moved to November and still did well – it grossed slightly more than the first movie – and became the highest-grossing film of 2013. However, it opened in a fairly non-competitive weekend, when the only film it was facing off with was the Vince Vaughn comedy “Delivery Man” and the only big-name holdovers were the Marvel movie “Thor: The Dark World,” which came out two weeks before, and the comedy “The Best Man Holiday,” which opened the weekend before. (“Ender’s Game” came out at the beginning of that month but quickly fizzled.) Disney's "Frozen" opened a week later, but "Catching Fire" had gotten out ahead of it.
But when the third “Hunger” movie, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” opened in November 2014, it entered a crowded month in which the Christopher Nolan sci-fi tale “Interstellar” and the Disney animated film “Big Hero 6” had already both been released, two movies with wide appeal. “Mockingjay – Part 1” still did very well, but its domestic gross was the lowest of the series so far.
This November is even busier, so “Mockingjay – Part 2” will be facing off with even more competition. The new James Bond movie “SPECTRE” is debuting two weeks before and the new Pixar movie “The Good Dinosaur” are set to debut the weekend after “Mockingjay.” These are movies that could have a wide appeal, and then the new “Star Wars” film arrives the next month, which could be a big enough smash to affect the performance of every other film.
[Editor's note: The original version of this article included an old release date for the upcoming movie "The Martian."]