SANTA MONICA, CA, October 22, 2013 - 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 China.
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 Rob Friedman.
"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.
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Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon spent another week as the #1 film in China. The prequel earned $16.77 million throughout the week, taking its 16-day total to $88.64 million. The blockbuster film has registered over 2.5 million admissions during its theatrical run.
Now You See Me brought in $9.81 million during its first four days in China. The heist flick has grossed over $215 million overseas and raked in a total of $333 million worldwide. Now You See Me will likely outgross The Lone Ranger in the coming days; the Disney Western adds China to its list of territories where the film has failed to gain significant traction with audiences. The Lone Ranger grossed $5.98 million in its first full week in release, bringing its Chinese total to $11.82 million.
Love Will Tear Us Apart and Inferno 3D both collected box office receipts in the $5 million range. Inferno 3D is on the verge of hitting the $20 million mark in its home country, currently posting a $19.53 million cume. Turbo should aslo reach the same milestone by the end of its theatrical run; the animated feature has grossed a total of $18.14 million.
Top Ten Films in China. Week Culminating on October 14, 2013
Now You See Me received a late bump in its overseas box office with an $8 million debut from approximately 4,400 Chinese screens. The magic caper film has been one of the year's biggest success stories after grossing $333 million worldwide on a $105 million budget. The $8 million debut in China improves upon The Lone Ranger's premiere in the same market last weekend. Disney's troubled Western went on to gross $2.4 million in its first hold-over weekend. Now You See Me will premiere in Japan, its final market, on October 25.