Kevin Hart, 'Hunger Games,' Tom Rothman's exit and more
'Hunger Games' lives up to the hype
Sure, Suzanne Collin's novel was universally respected more than Stephenie Meyers' "Twilight," but with initially smaller print sales, could "The Hunger Games" match the fever interest of Summit Entertainment's studio-making flick? It did and then some. "Hunger Games" grossed $408 million domestically (more than any "Twilight" picture) and $686 million worldwide. The international gross was below "Twilight Saga" standards, but the thriller gave Lionsgate a much needed franchise and turned Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson into bonafide movies stars. In fact, the film was so successful the production was able to recruit stellar talent such as Philip Seymour Hoffman for the sequel, "Catching Fire."