“I’m thrilled Mockingjay – Part 2 will be in Imax theaters,” said director Francis Lawrence. “Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting; we recently saw the 3-D version of Mockingjay – Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic.”
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” was not released in the Imax format. Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” remained in Imax sites when “Mockingjay” opened last November.
Lionsgate and Imax said the final “Hunger Games” movie will be digitally re-mastered with Imax technology. The second film in the franchise, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” included a 50-minute arena sequence that was formatted for Imax.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts during the studio’s earnings call that the move will ensure that “Mockingjay 2” will “conclude with a blockbuster finale the box office.”
The three “Hunger Games” films released so far — which have turned Jennifer Lawrence into a global superstar — have grossed more than $2.2 billion at the global box office.
“Mockingjay – Part 1,” the third film in the “Hunger Games” franchise, has taken in $335 million in the U.S. and another $379 million overseas — but those numbers are behind the $425 million domestic and $440 million international for “Catching Fire.” “Mockingjay – Part 1” will open this weekend in China.