‘Catching Fire’ Lifts Lionsgate Past $1 Billion at U.S. Box Office for 2013

Hunger Games Catching Fire

International grosses hit $1.22 billion

Lionsgate has topped $1 billion at the domestic box office this year, thanks to films “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Now You See Me.”

It’s the second year in a row that Lionsgate has hit the milestone. In 2012, the studio became the first distributor other than the six majors — Disney, Fox, Paramount, Universal, Sony and Warner Bros. — to gross over $1 billion in a year.

As of Sunday, Lionsgate had grossed $1.025 billion at the domestic box office and another $1.227 billion at the international box office.

Jennifer Lawrence’s “Catching Fire” took in $8.8 million in its fifth weekend at the domestic box office to lift the domestic gross to $372 million. “Catching Fire” has also grossed $393.6 million internationally for a cume of $765.6 million worldwide — nearly $70 million more than the first “Hunger Games” film, which totaled $691 million.

Summer release “Now You See Me,” distributed through the Summit label, grossed $354 million worldwide ($118 million domestically, $236 million internationally).

“Our strong box office performance for the second year in a row, domestically and internationally, underscores the consistency of our film slate and is a testament to the tireless efforts of our entire motion picture team,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and vice chairman Michael Burns. “We continue to do more with less, maintaining our commitment to a disciplined financial model that is focused on limiting production capital at risk.”

The execs noted contributions from its Pantelion and Codeblack labels. Pantelion’s  “Instructions Not Included” grossed $85 million worldwide with $44 million in the U.S. — the highest domestic figure ever for a Spanish-language film — and Codeblack’s “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” took in $32 million.

Lionsgate also said it achieved its best year ever in China in 2013, releasing six films which grossed $116.3 million for 8% of the foreign film box office market share.

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  1. Keith says:

    The credit goes to Mr. Jon Feltheimer and Michael Burns. Since coming aboard Lionsgate they have maintained their focus and financial discipline. The only time they scared me was when they thought about buying Thomas the Train property. Sometimes the best decisions are the ones where you decide to stand pat. Skipping Thomas the Train was one such decision.

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