Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen in the 2012 film, The Hunger Games. (Fair use/Courtesy of Lions Gate Entertainment)

By Megan Towery
Copy Editor

Both casual moviegoers and eager fans waiting to see the novels finally appear on the big screen quickly made The Hunger Games the biggest non-sequel, non-summer blockbuster in history with its March 23 opening.

Earning $155 million in its first weekend, the film recorded the third biggest opening in history, right after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Dark Knight.

For someone who has read all three books, the movie was not a letdown. Although the movie left out certain details, it covered most of the significant events that happened and relayed the characters almost perfectly.

The districts and the Capitol of Panem were filmed very well, and definitely captured the atmosphere of the country as well.

For someone who has not read the books, the movie was still a great success. It had an intriguing plot: Set in the future, citizens of Panem struggle to survive against an oppressive Capitol. Annually, two “tributes” — children ages 12 to 18 — from each district are forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised event in which contestants fight to the death until only one “victor” remains.

Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is an instantly likable heroine who volunteers as District 12’s tribute in order to save her sister from the games.

The intensity of The Hunger Games makes it a powerful and remarkable movie, but do yourself a favor and read the books before you see it.