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Weekend Box Office: Madagascar 3 wins weekend with $60.3M; Prometheus a strong second place with $51.1M + The Hunger Games tops $400M domestic [Update]

Update: Article updated with final box office actuals.

The box office generated strong business this weekend, with both Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the Ridley Scott sci-fi action prequel Prometheus carving out their own respective strong showings. Prometheus had a stronger opening day — $21.466M vs. $20.651M — but ‘Madagascar 3′ led […]

The Avengers breaks 2nd weekend record with $103.1M; Passes $1B worldwide + Dark Shadows opens to $29.7M [Updated]

Update: Article updated with final box office data

Marvel’s The Avengers continued its hot streak this weekend with a record-setting $103.052M from 4,349 theaters ($373.072M cume), crushing the previous record held by 2009’s “Avatar” ($75.6M) for a film’s second weekend. It was down just 50% from last weekend’s record-breaking $207.4M opening. Other domestic records […]

Official: Gary Ross drops out of The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire

Gary Ross has announced that due to time constraints he will not be able to direct Catching Fire, the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games:

Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire. As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.

Click over the jump to read Ross’ complete statement and Lionsgate’s response. Catching Fire is scheduled to hit theaters on November 22, 2013. Click over the jump to

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ABC Family acquires television premiere rights to The Hunger Games and upcoming sequel Catching Fire

ABC Family continues to grow its program offerings and has acquired the network television premiere rights to the blockbuster “The Hunger Games” in a deal with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, the two companies announced today. The announcement comes on the heels of “The Hunger Games’” record-shattering debut, with an estimated $155 million at the North American box office this past weekend, the third highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.

The acquisition, which also includes the network television premiere rights to “Catching Fire,” the second movie in the franchise, was announced today by Michael Riley, president of ABC Family, and Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution. The deal gives ABC Family the rights to be the basic cable home for the first two movies of “The Hunger Games” franchise. The films will begin airing on ABC Family in 2014.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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The Hunger Games opens to $152.5M; 3rd-biggest opening weekend of all-time

The Hunger Games grossed an impressive $152.536M from 4,137 theaters over the weekend ($36,871 per theater average), putting the film at #3 on the all-time opening weekend charts (behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ at $169.189M and “The Dark Knight” at $158.411M) and setting a new record for a non-sequel and March […]

Movie trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will debut with The Hunger Games in March

Lionsgate, who recently acquired Summit Entertainment, has announced that the first trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will debut attached to The Hunger Games when the film opens in theaters March 23, 2012.

“We’re very excited about the opportunities created by our recent acquisition of Summit Entertainment. The February 11 […]

The Hunger Games: Final poster

Lionsgate has released the final poster for the Gary Ross-directed adatpation of the Suzanne Collins novel The Hunger Games. Click over the jump to see the poster in full and high resolution.

The Hunger Games is scheduled to hit theaters on March 23, 2012.

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The Hunger Games movie trailer

Lionsgate has released the full-length trailer for Gary Ross’ adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel The Hunger Games. Watch the trailer after the jump.

The Hunger Games is scheduled to hit theaters on March 23, 2012.

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Principal photography wraps on The Hunger Games

Lionsgate has announced that principal photography on Gary Ross’ adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel The Hunger Games has wrapped. The film concluded shooting in North Carolina today, the last of an 84-day shoot that began on May 23.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth star in the film, alongside Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, […]

The Hunger Games teaser trailer

Lionsgate has released the teaser trailer for Gary Ross’ adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel The Hunger Games. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The Hunger Games movie poster

Lionsgate has released the first poster for Gary Ross’ upcoming adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel The Hunger Games. Click the banner above to expand and enlarge. You can also see the motion version of this poster at Yahoo! Movies.

The Hunger Games is scheduled to hit theaters on March 23, […]

Report: The Hunger Games trilogy will be broken up into four movies

Collider reports that Lionsgate will break up Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy into a series of four movies. The adaptations begin with the first film, The Hunger Games which is set for release on March 23, 2012. The second and third books are called “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay”, respectively. Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger […]