The event sees two children aged 12-18 from 12 gucci bags districts put forward to battle with a collection of weapons in a specially adapted arena until only one remains.
Scenes that have upset some parents include one where a girl screams for her life as she stung to death by killer wasps, another when a young child is skewered with a spear, another battered with a brick and scenes were piles of bodies lay fallen after bloody battles between the combatants.
The film's star, Jennifer Lawrence has defended the film's content
Some took to social networking sites such as Mumsnet and Twitter to voice their concern.
One mother said: ‘It is really good, but I thought it was really stretching the 12 rating. [My 12-year-old] was so distressed at one particular part, not long before the end that we had to leave the cinema.
Another added: ‘You don’t see much gore but it’s implied and some death scenes are quite shocking. You see a lot of dead faces and it’s very realistic. There’s one bit where the whole cinema rocked back in its seats and went “aaargh” together.’
Others suggested it should have been rated 15 to avoid the risk of younger children being brought to see it by parents unfamiliar with the content.
The debate about whether the film is too violent has also raged in the US where it has a PG-13 rating - which means parents are ‘strongly cautioned’ because some material may be inappropriate for young children.
Many have defended the films insisting they reflect the difficult content of the book, which tackles children fighting, repression and extreme poverty.
Shaky camera work has been used as a device to avoid showing the audience direct scenes of violence.
The film’s star, Miss Lawrence added: ‘We weren’t going gucci slippers to make a watered-down version of what we love. If you take the violence and brutality out of the movie, you take the entire heart out of it.’
In the UK the film has been rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classification and carried the warning that it “contains intense threat, moderate violence and occasional gory moments.”
The BBFC regulations stipulate: ‘No one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult, and films classified ‘12A’ are not recommended for a child below 12.
A spokesman admitted they initially recommended a 15 rating and this was only dropped down after a number of requested cuts were made.
He said: ‘The company chose to make cuts in order to achieve a ‘12A’ classification.When the finished version of the film was submitted for formal classification, cuts had been made in four scenes of violence and in one scene showing details of injuries. These reductions were implemented by a mixture of visual cuts, visual darkenings and the digital removal of sight of blood.
‘These cuts, which were implemented by digitally removing sight of blood splashes and sight of blood on wounds and weapons, were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines black gucci belt and policy.’