The movie sequel, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, took more than £12m in ticket sales and instantly became Lionsgate’s biggest ever opening. This means it exceeded the openings of the previous movie and the Twilight films. It actually took two-and-a-half times the amount of money that the first Hunger Games film did.
Lionsgate UK CEO, Zygi Kamasa, commented: “We are thrilled with the outstanding box office and audience response… Katniss and the world of Panem has struck a chord with UK audiences and critics alike with results to substantiate that. We are looking forward to seeing where Mockingjay will take us next.”
The film also performed strongly in the US, with $161.1m on its opening weekend; but it was not enough for shareholders of distributor Lions Gate Entertainment. Lions Gate shares tumbled as the $161.1m (US) in US and Canadian weekend sales for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was below what analysts had expected. The company’s stock was down by about 10.5% as of yesterday.
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