The Hunger Games was called best selling DVD and was placed in the 3rd most popular movie in the U.S, earning $691 million worldwide. Since the film was released on August 18, 2012, it sold 7,434,058. Due to the ridiculous amount of selling tickets and DVDs, critics believe that its sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, will be a big hit once again. Even though The Hunger Games was very popular, many still have not seen the film. Here’s a recap of the first Hunger Games: It takes place in a post-apocalyptic nation, run by totalitarian government . Due to this, the nation is split between the capital, the wealthy, and the 12 districts, the poor. For punishment of the “rebellion”, or civil way, the 12 districts must all provide a female and a male between the ages of 12-18 who are selected in the “reaping”, event where names are chosen randomly, to fight to the death in an arena. The “victors”, or winners, are rewarded with fame and wealth. During the “reaping”, main character Katniss Everdeen younger sister, Primrose, is selected to fight to death, but Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place. Since a male was also needed, Peeta Mellark was chosen to fight in the arena along with Katniss. Both “tributes” are taken to the capital to be trained by former victor Haymitch Abernathy. Using her experience as a hunter and wilderness survivor, Katniss already had some experiences in hunting when she would go out and hunt for food. During their training, Katniss is seen as a target by others due to her high scores in the training. This causes many difficulties for her when the games begin, which are being shown live to both the districts and the capital. During the games, Katniss experiences many difficulties, such as having a severe burn on her leg and having to climb a tree to stay alive. Since Katniss and Peeta both went separate ways, she ventures out in search of him. Before the rules changes, both tributes of one disctict had to be alive to be victors. Since they were the only district with both people living, the Game makers decided to change things up. They then announced that only one person from their district could be a victor, meaning that either Peeta or Katniss had to die. Since none of the tributes wanted to win and let the other die, they decided to commit suicide together by eating some poisonous berries. Before they did this, the Game makers announced that they were the victors of the 74th Hunger Games.
In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen returns home to District 12 along with fellow victor Peeta Mellark. Shortly after, the victors must return to the capital for the the “Victory Tour” to celebrate their winning. Little did they know they will have to fight once more the arena with past victors of the Games. Since both Katiss and Peeta won, totalitarian President Snow is determined to eliminate both of them because they broke the rules of only being one victor. Now Katniss and Peeta must do whatever it takes to defeat their foes and come out on top once again and ignite the flames of rebellion occuring in the nation.