Companies seal distribution pact for France

LONDON

Lionsgate has pacted with Gaul’s Metropolitan Filmexport in the latest major market distrib deal for the North American company.

The output deal, announced by the two companies Wednesday, follows recent pacts between Lionsgate and Studiocanal in Germany, Alliance’s Aurum Producciones in Spain, Nordisk Films in Scandinavia and Roadshow Pictures in Australia.

Metropolitan has handled Lionsgate’s major titles in recent years, including 2012 hits “The Hunger Games” and “The Expendables 2.” “The Hunger Games” grossed $14.5 million in Gaul — the film’s fifth biggest international market. Three sequels are due in 2013, 2014 and 2015. “The Expendables 2″ took $15.8 million in Gaul, making it the third biggest international market for the action sequel.

“We’re pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Metropolitan by creating an output agreement in this key territory,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman. “Lionsgate has collaborated successfully with Metropolitan in France in releasing all of our major titles in recent years. We look forward to continuing that partnership with the entire Lionsgate slate, increasing the long-term visibility of our international theatrical business.”

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