THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 may have made less money in it’s opening week in the U.S than predecessor CATCHING FIRE, but the film is enjoying a variety of successes overseas…including a U.K Top 40 pop song hit!
‘The Hanging Tree’ a haunting (and somewhat repetitive!) tune featuring Jennifer Lawrence’s vocals, popped up on the U.K charts at No. 29, the BBC reports.
Interestingly, the film’s director, Francis Lawrence, recently told Vulture that the 24-year-old actress was extremely anxious about singing the song on set. She reportedly cried during the first take.
“She would have much rather we used somebody else’s voice” he said, “[but] it shouldn’t sound like a professional. It should sound like a real girl singing it. So she did it”
Despite earning $50million less at the U.S box office over its first seven days than CATCHING FIRE did last year, MOCKINGJAY PT1 has still raked in $201.4million internationally. Good news for Lionsgate, as it means the third installment shall atleast equal installment number two’s takings.