BVI to Launch Film in 3D IMAX, IMAX and 3D
SANTA MONICA and BURBANK, CA and MOSCOW, March 5, 2015 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, and Buena Vista International, one of the world's leading international theatrical distributors, today announced that they will partner on the theatrical release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the fourth installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, in Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) later this year.
BVI will launch Mockingjay 2 on November 19th in all available formats including IMAX 3D as part of the film's day-and-date global rollout.
"Mockingjay 2 is the next thrilling chapter of an incredible global franchise, and we look forward to creating a singular motion picture event for Russian audiences," said BVI international distribution executive David Kornblum. "We're delighted to extend our partnership with our friends at Lionsgate on one of the most highly anticipated films of the year."
"We're thrilled to capitalize on the opportunity to extend our long and successful relationship with the BVI team around the world," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chair Patrick Wachsberger. "Their prestige, performance and consistency speak for themselves. We look forward to creating an epic and memorable Mockingjay 2 launch for our Russian fans, and BVI is the perfect partner to help us bring The Hunger Games franchise to the next level of performance."
Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label has previously partnered successfully with BVI on the Japanese release of the action thriller Red, the release of the Step Up franchise in Japan and Spain and the Japanese releases of Source Code and Tree of Life.
The first three installments of The Hunger Games franchise have already grossed more than $2.3 billion at the global box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time. The Hunger Games trilogy of books has already sold more than 82 million copies around the world.
The Lionsgate and Summit labels will continue their theatrical output deals with West Company and Central Partnership, respectively, for the rest of their theatrical slates in Russia and the CIS.
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