The story of MTV Movie Brawl 2013 turned out to be one of redemption.
After “The Hunger Games” lost a knock-down, drag-out fight at the hands of Robert Pattinson fans and the indie surprise “Cosmopolis,” “Catching Fire” has risen from the ashes — and 10 million votes — to claim this year’s title as the most anticipated movie of 2013. The victory, however, does mean a disappointing end for “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” the hotly anticipated YA adaptation and the rookie star of the bracket.
Sam Claflin, one of the newest cast members to join the series, shared his excitement about the Movie Brawl victory exclusively to MTV News. “I’m so happy and proud to say I’m a part of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ ” he said. “Just want to say a big thank you to all the fans worldwide for voting. I’m thrilled to know they are just as excited as I am for the next chapter.”This year’s journey to victory was no cake walk for Katniss Everdeen and the rest of the tributes. Though the movie wiped the floor with first-round opponent, “After Earth,” it faced a fierce battle against “The Host,” ultimately besting Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi flick by taking 54-percent of the total votes. From there, “Catching Fire” moved on to the most heated matchup of the Brawl, this one against another YA franchise player, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.” After millions of votes, the surprise powerhouse only trailed “Catching Fire” by less than 4,000 when the semifinals polls closed, ending a hard-fought battle and dashing the dreams of Lermaniacs everywhere. It seemed that the Jennifer Lawrence-led follow-up would have to fight for every victory until the end.
Once the second consecutive trip to the finals was confirmed for “The Hunger Games” franchise, that’s when the real battle began. In a tournament that notched 10 million votes, the results pointed to a clear, 100,000-vote win for “Catching Fire” over “The Mortal Instruments.” The strong showing from the Shadowhunters proved that the YA adaptation is a force to be reckoned with.
To the cast and fans of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” we salute you! Congratulations on a well-deserved win in the MTV Movie Brawl 2013.