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SANTA MONICA, Calif.,
Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the second installment of its global blockbuster
The Hunger Games franchise,
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has been approved for a
November 21, 2013 release on more than 3,000 screens in
The film will be released nationwide in
China with both dubbed and subtitled prints by the China Film Group in conjunction with Lionsgate's
Beijing-based promotional partner, Talent International Film Co. Ltd. The release in
China joins the list of virtually day-and-date releases in more than 50 territories around the world.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has become a truly global phenomenon, and its day-and-date release in this key territory further cements its status as a worldwide motion picture event of epic proportions," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Patrick Wachsberger and
"The release of the first
Hunger Games film in
China established a strong fan base on which
Catching Fire is positioned to build," said
Wendy Reeds, Executive Vice President of Content Sales & Distribution for Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE). "
China has become one of the world's leading box office territories, and the release of
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in
China is another major step forward in our distribution of film and TV content in this key market."
Lionsgate has recently scored at the Chinese box office with the successful theatrical releases of
Now You See Me,
The Impossible and the first
Hunger Games film.
The Company is currently in production on the third and fourth
Hunger Games films,
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay I & II.
ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIREThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen (played by
Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual
Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (played by
Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by
Francis Lawrence, and produced by
Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer
Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy written by
Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 30 television shows on 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning
Mad Men and
Nurse Jackie, the comedy
Anger Management, the network series
Nashville, the syndication success
The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed new series
Orange Is The New Black.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of
The Hunger Games franchise,
The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn –
Part 2, Now You See Me,
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, Snitch, Texas Chainsaw 3D,
The Expendables 2,
The Possession, Sinister, Arbitrage and Pantelion Films' breakout hit
Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever in the U.S.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.