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The Hunger Games overshadows other new releases hitting the theaters this weekend

Kipp takes a look at six of the upcoming releases lined up for this week, including the highest grossing movie this month – The Hunger Games

March 28, 2012 3:38 by

  • Lionsgate has their highest grossing domestic release of all time with The Hunger Games, the ever highly-anticipated movie adaptation of author Suzanne Collins’ books topped the global box office, grossing $214.25m (Dhs786.83m) outside the U.S. closely behind last year’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Dark Knight, respectively.The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale. The Hunger Games, is a move about a system that forces selected children between the ages of twelve and eighteen to fight to the death in an arena reminiscent of a modern-day Coliseum. The film scored the third highest opening weekend in history and has smashed the U.S. box office records having made $155m (Dhs568.85m) its first weekend, achieving the highest ever opening for a non-sequel movie.
  • No Vampires, no aliens, no slasher and splatter scenes, this is more of a mystery/suspense film with some supernatural elements thrown in. The film is about a monster called “Hollow Face” that looms around in the bedroom of a little girl named Mia haunting her every day, trying to steal a face for his own. Mia’s father’s (played by Clive Owen) efforts to dissuade her of the notion that the monster exists fail. Later on, after confronting the monster, the father realizes that nothing can keep it from continuing to haunt them at night. Running parallel is a similar haunting experienced by a Spanish boy named Juan. Terrorized and helpless, Juan’s mother denies its existence to rid the family of its disturbance but to no avail. You can catch this flick releasing in theaters on 30th March.
  • Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures present this classic film as a sequel to Clash of the Titans. It tells the epic story of Perseus, a demigod, who is faced with the responsibility to save the Earth. After Ares (Edgar Ramirez) betrays Zeus (Liam Neeson) to the Titans, Perseus (Sam Worthington) embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind. Wrath of the Titans is way better than its predecessor and could prove to be a worthy contender for The Hunger Games, as far as the battle for the top box office goes this weekend.
  • Joining the house of sports comedy is Goon, which is an adaptation of the book written by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith, Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey. The film revolves around Doug Glatt (played by Sean Williams Scott), is a slacker from a rich and successful family, who discovers he has a talent for fighting Hockey goons. When the toughest player of the team is down, he is approached by a minor league hockey coach and invited to join the team. Despite the fact that Glatt can’t skate his best friend, Pat (Jay Baruchel), convinces him to give it a shot, and Glatt becomes a hero to the team and their fans, until the league’s reigning goon becomes threatened by Glatt’s success and decides to even the score. If you like sports with violence and gritty comedy, then you should go catch it this weekend.
  • The Bully Project follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, The Bully Project is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary that follows the lives of five kids and their families who have been the victims of some form of bullying. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, the film offers insight into the lives of bullied children and examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth who come forward to share their stories. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole.
  • For those of you who loved reading fairy tales and ghost stories – this is something not to be missed. One of our favorite fairytales, Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs by Brothers Grimm has been retold in a more modern way in Mirror Mirror, which is slated for release on 30th of this month. Featuring Lily Collins as Snow White, Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, and Armie Hammer as the Prince Adrew, this is magical fairytale filled with slapstick comedy. This thoroughly funny and entertaining family-friendly movie will be loved by children and adults alike.

 
 

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