With The Twilight Saga about to wind down next year, it appears that The Hunger Games is the most anticipated movie of 2012, according to a new online poll.
If you take a recent poll at Nextmovie.com at face value, that The Hunger Games truly is the most anticipated movie of 2012 (and not veiled promotional hype), it looks as though the upcoming adaptation of the popular Suzanne Collins novel could be the next Twilight franchise. According to the poll, The Hunger Games tops The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 as the film people want to see most in 2012.
For those unfamiliar with The Hunger Games, the popular first book in the trilogy by Suzanne Collins, teens are forced to compete in a nationally televised event in which they must fight with one another until death. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, a young girl caught between two admirers (Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson), her own survival versus humanity and life against love. The Hunger Games also stars Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, and Elizabeth Banks.
So, will The Hunger Games, and subsequent films in the series, follow a similar trajectory as The Twilight Saga in terms of popularity? Maybe, but they’re different beasts altogether.
There’s no doubt that The Twilight Saga will soon leave behind a huge void in the hearts of young moviegoers. I mean, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, as Edward Cullen and Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga films, have been one of the most popular on-screen couples in recent memory. Pattinson and Stewart have been so popular that all four Twilight Saga films to date have grossed over $2 billion.
But if you look back over the course of the past three years, The Twilight Saga certainly didn’t take away from the Harry Potter franchise in terms of popularity in dollar figures. Sure the Twilight Saga films made over $2 billion, but the Harry Potter films blew it away at $7 billion.
To put the The Hunger Games hype into perspective, the better question may be: Is The Hunger Games more popular than Harry Potter? And that’s an easy one to answer … NO! Will The Hunger Games movies be more popular on-screen than The Twilight Saga? It’s doubtful unless The Hunger Games finds momentum with young moviegoers in the same way that Twilight did.
Will The Hunger Games become a cultural phenomenon like The Twilight Saga or Harry Potter series? Again, it’s doubtful. But The Twilight Saga could very well have laid the perfect foundation for The Hunger Games to follow a similar path.
There’s no doubt that The Hunger Games will be popular. I mean, that’s exactly what the poll results indicated, that The Hunger Games is so popular that it’s the most anticipated movie of 2012.
Keep in mind, 2012 has several movies that could bury The Hunger Games in terms of popularity and box office sales: The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Prometheus. And despite what the poll results were, you can’t discount The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.
What may be more interesting in 2012 is how The Hunger Games will fair as compared to how fans receive Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart of The Twilight Saga.
Who knows where the hype will go at this point. How do you feel about The Hunger Games at this early stage?