“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has been approved for a November release in China, Lionsgate said Tuesday.
The hotly anticipated sequel scored entry into the world’s second largest market for films just under the wire. China only allows 34 foreign releases annually, with a particular emphasis on 3D and IMAX releases.
“Thor: The Dark World” is also believed to have scored a coveted slot. This has yet to be confirmed. However, I can’t see why it shouldn’t get a spot. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released nationwide in China with both dubbed and subtitled prints by the China Film Group in conjunction with Lionsgate’s Beijing-based promotional partner, Talent International Film Co. Ltd.
It premieres on Nov. 21, 2013 on more than 3,000 screens in China, which is a day before it will debut domestically. “The Hunger Games,” the first film in the science-fiction franchise, grossed nearly $700 million worldwide when it debuted in 2012, with $27 million of that haul coming from China.