Latest Hunger Games film to take over China

2015-01-08 17:00

Los Angeles - The latest Hunger Games movie is to open in China on 8 February in more than 4 000 theatres, after grossing nearly $700m elsewhere in the world, its producers said on Wednesday.

Lionsgate said The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 would be the biggest-ever rollout in China for the Hunger Games franchise, and the first with 3D screenings.

Check out the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1:

The film, directed by Francis Lawrence, initially came out in North America and a handful of overseas markets, including India, Indonesia and Malaysia as well as Britain, in November.

To promote the dystopian sci-fi drama, star Jennifer Lawrence has recorded what Lionsgate called "a special greeting" for Chinese fans, following on a previously released trailer.

Overseeing the release in China is Film Import, a state-run film conglomerate that has a virtual monopoly on foreign movies appearing in Chinese cinemas.

Check out the official poster for the film:

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Mockingjay - Part 1 is the penultimate film to be spun out of young-adult novelist Suzanne Collin's best-selling trilogy about a rebellious teenager in a totalitarian state of the future.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened in South Africa on 20 November 2014

The final chapter, Mockingjay - Part 2, is due out worldwide on 20 November 2015.

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