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China Release of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1’ Delayed Until Next Year

The Chinese launch of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” has been delayed from Friday until next year.

Lionsgate had no comment about the delay.

“Mockingjay,” the third film in the “Hunger Games” franchise, will begin opening in some international markets such as Brazil and France on Wednesday and expand on Thursday and Friday, when the U.S. opens.

On Oct. 16, Lionsgate announced that it would launch the press tour for the film on Nov. 1 in Beijing, but subsequently scrubbed that event. It held the world premiere on Nov. 10 at Leicester Square in London with the cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

The Los Angeles premiere takes place Monday night at the Nokia Live Theater.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” grossed $27 million in China, the fifth-largest international gross after the U.K., Germany, Australia and France. That release was not delayed in China.

Chinese authorities limit the total number of U.S. films released in the country annually to 34 titles. Ivanhoe Pictures and Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co. announced on Nov. 11 that Keira Knightley’s comedy-drama “Begin Again” had been allotted a 2014 release slot.

News about the “Mockingjay” delay was first reported by Deadline.

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