ENTERTAINMENT ONE ON FIRE WITH
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reaches CAD$11.4 million in Canada
and €4.253 million in Spain
Brings North America box office to US$161.1 million and global box office to US$308 million
Toronto/London/Madrid – November 25, 2013 - Entertainment One (eOne) is delighted to announce the record-breaking box office success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Released on Friday, November 22, the film has already generated CAD$11.4 million in Canada and €4.253 million in Spain.
The #1 film across the globe this weekend, eOne holds rights in all media to the epic film series The Hunger Games in Canada and Spain from leading studio Lionsgate. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second installment in a series of films, based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novels which have sold over 50 million copies in the US alone.
The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn. Lawrence, Hemsworth and Hutcherson were all in attendance in Madrid on November 13, where eOne hosted the film’s Spanish premiere.
In Canada, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the prestigious title of the biggest November opening of all time. In Spain, Catching Fire was the highest grossing weekend in 2013 including highest gross of the year on a Friday and Saturday. Additionally, Catching Fire grossed almost 50% more on opening weekend than first installment, The Hunger Games.
With more of the struggle, passion, thrill, and action that made The Hunger Games an international blockbuster, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continues the universally adored tale of courage, empowerment and destiny. The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has returned home safely after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victors’ 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.
“We’re delighted to bring The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to loyal fans. We’re very pleased with the very positive response from audiences and thrilled with the solid box-office performance over the weekend,” said Patrice Théroux, who oversees eOne’s Global Film Group. “It’s exciting to share in our esteemed partner’s success with this series, as we did alongside Summit on The Twilight Saga, and we’re looking forward to releasing more extraordinary commercial product from Lionsgate across our territories through the coming years,” continued Théroux.
In Canada, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is currently playing on 853 screens at 388 locations. Similarly, in Spain, the film had an impressive opening weekend on 695 screens at 340 locations.
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