×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lionsgate Touts Cannes Sales of Over $250 Million

Slate includes two 'Mockingjay' titles

With its “Hunger Games” franchise leading the way, Lionsgate has sold more than $250 million in territorial rights to nine titles at Cannes.

The slate was led by the two “Mockingjay” titles, which will conclude “Hunger Games” franchise in November 2014 and November 2015, along with “Step Up 5,” football-themed drama “Draft Day,” “The Last Witch Hunter” and “A Little Chaos.”

Lionsgate, which bought Summit early last year for $412 million, said the Cannes sales total topped last year’s mark by more than 50%. It noted the $250 million figure for rights sales does not include revenues from territories where Lionsgate distributes directly such as the UK, or through distribution partnerships in Latin America and India.

The studio also presented footage from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Divergent” along with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin and director Francis Lawrence at a Saturday gala.

Lionsgate was also selling Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur,” which is in competition; Thunder Road’s “John Wick,” starring Keanu Reeves as a retired hitman; and Blumhouse/Mosaic’s “Reawakening,” in which researchers bring back the dead.

Popular on Variety

Lionsgate signed a long string of multi-year output deals last year, including West Company for Russia and the CSI, Studiocanal in Germany, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Alliance’s Aurum Producciones in Spain, Metropolitan in France, Belga Films in Benelux and Roadshow Films in Australia.

The strong performances by the “Twilight” franchise and the first “Hunger Games” film, along with optimism that the company can successfully start new franchises such as “Divergent,” has fueled bullishness on Wall Street. Lionsgate stock has been trading at over $27 a share — more than three times its $8.60 price when Lionsgate acquired Summit 16 months ago.

More News

  • Harvey Weinstein trial Jan 28

    Harvey Weinstein Trial: Accuser's Ex-Roommate Says She Was Told About Alleged Rape in 2006

    Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial in New York continued Tuesday with the former roommate of one of the ex-movie mogul’s accusers corroborating details of Weinstein’s alleged 2006 sexual assault. Elizabeth Entin, who was Miriam Haley’s roommate at the time Haley alleged she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein, testified that Haley, a former assistant on “Project Runway,” [...]

  • Nic Pizzolatto, Matthew McConaughey28th Annual American

    Matthew McConaughey, 'True Detective' Creator Re-Team for FX Drama Series

    Matthew McConaughey and Nic Pizzolatto are coming together for a potential new TV series at FX. The “True Detective” collaborators have landed a script-to-series order for a drama series titled “Redeemer,” which Pizzolatto will write and in which McConaughey will star. Both will also executive produce the project. In addition, Pizzolatto has signed an overall [...]

  • THE BIGGEST LOSER -- "Time for

    From Trainer to Armchair Therapist: Bob Harper's 'The Biggest Loser' Journey

    Fitness expert Bob Harper spent a dozen years training contestants to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time on the original, NBC incarnation of “The Biggest Loser,” a show he calls “the O.G. fitness reality series.” But in 2017 he suffered a major heart attack that had him rethinking his approach [...]

  • Kelsea Ballerini 53rd Annual CMA Awards,

    iHeartCountry Festival Slates Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley for May Show

    The annual iHeartCountry Festival has announced a slate of performers for its 2020 concert stream and broadcast, led by top country performers Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Dustin Lynch and Kane Brown, iHeartMedia announced Tuesday. The show will take place at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center May 2 and be broadcast live across [...]

  • "2401" - Handsome airline pilot Peter

    TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor' Dips, Still Tops 'AGT: Chamions' and '9-1-1: Lone Star'

    Although “The Bachelor” dipped week-to-week, the ABC show still managed to top the TV ratings charts for Monday night. Episode four of the dating show’s 24th season scored a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and drew just under 6 million total viewers. That’s down around a quarter million viewers from last episode, but is still [...]

  • LUNA NERA

    Netflix Unveils Third Italian Original, 17th Century Witchcraft Series 'Luna Nera'

    Netflix and production company Fandango on Tuesday unveiled the streamer’s third Italian original “Luna Nera” (Black Moon), a fantasy rooted in historical reality about a group of women accused of witchery in 17th century Italy. The innovative show will drop on January 31 in the roughly 190 territories where Netflix operates. Shot in Rome’s revamped Cinecittà Studios [...]

  • Cathy Yan Birds of Prey Director

    'Birds of Prey' Director Cathy Yan Reveals the Crucial Advice Patty Jenkins Gave Her

    Just months after Cathy Yan’s feature directing debut, Shanghai-set ensemble comedy “Dead Pigs,” made a big splash at Sundance in 2018, the Chinese-born filmmaker landed a gig helming a giant studio franchise movie, the DC Comics adaptation “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” starring Margot Robbie. Going straight from indie buzz [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content