That’s right. Lionsgate is staking its claim on the prized, family friendly pre-Thanksgiving weekend seeing that it will be vacant following “Breaking Dawn”’s final bow in 2012.
“The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal,” said Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate and President of its Motion Picture Group. “The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies.”
This announcement is just the latest indication Lionsgate considers “The Hunger Games” a tentpole in the making, setting it up for potential boffo box office earnings in a competitive (yet lucrative) holiday month.
Our only complaint? We’ll have to wait a year and a half in between “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire.”
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