'Hunger Games' trilogy climax split in two
The final instalment of The Hunger Games, based on a trilogy by author Suzanne Collins, is to be split into two movies, the filmmakers have announced.
The decision to release the movies in November 2014 and 2015—targeting the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday in the US—follows a similar move by producers of the Harry Potter movies.
The Hunger Games, about kids forced to fight for their lives in a Roman circus-style televised blood sport in a post-apocalyptic world, broke US box-office records when it was released in March.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due out in November 2013, according to Lionsgate studio. In an online update, the production company said The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 would be released in November 2014, followed a year later by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.
The last book in JK Rowling's record-breaking boy wizard story, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, was made into two movies released in 2010 and 2011.
Some critics were disappointed with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I, saying it lacked action, while the last movie, the climax of the seven-book, eight-movie blockbuster, was widely praised.
The first Hunger Games made US$152mil (RM456mil) in its debut weekend in March, the biggest ever opening weekend for a non-sequel film, according to box=-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
It has since been beaten by The Avengers, which made an estimated US$200mil (RM600mil) on its opening weekend in May.
Published: 23rd July 2012