New in Theaters: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' 'Delivery Man'

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Another of this year’s most highly-anticipated films—sequel to one of several movies adapted from young adult book series—opens today, and promises to overshadow the modest, feel-good comedy that had the misfortune of being released in the same week as the latest Hunger Games film, Catching Fire.

This film picks up shortly after where The Hunger Games left off, with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) coping with the aftermath of Katniss and Peeta’s controversial victory in the 74th Hunger Games. The traumatized teens’ plight is not over, however, for the Victor’s Tour approaches, bringing with it whispers of rebellion and the threat of the 75th Hunger Games—the Quarter Quell.

The film received an admirable 89% from Rotten Tomatoes. Where the first film capitalized on action and drama, the sequel introduces the more profound thematic elements missing from the previous release, and manages to deliver plenty of action as well. The film may expect opening-weekend earnings as huge as $180 million, according to Box Office Guru.

Also coming out today is Vince Vaughn’ s latest comedy, Delivery Man. Inspired by a Canadian film called Starbuck, this release tells of Steve Wozniak, a lazy, but likeable fellow who has the misfortune of being indebted to the mob, dumped by his pregnant girlfriend, and—wait for it—hit by 142 lawsuits from the mothers of children he fathered through sperm donation (that’s not all—this is 142 of 533 children in total). Steve has the difficult choice of revealing his identity to end the lawsuits and learning valuable lessons about his life and himself, or sticking with his increasingly bleak life.

This movie was distinctly less well-received than its counterpart this weekend, rating at only 38% on the Tomatometer. The release falls short of the film that inspired it, and does not quite “deliver” (ha) on the laughs promised by the film. This release may pull in $11 million this weekend.

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