Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) today celebrated the 12-week mark in the countdown leading to the worldwide release of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with the announcement that tickets to see the film will go on sale beginning Tuesday, October 1st at 12:00 PM EDT / 9:00 AM PDT.
The Company also announced the debut of the first song from the official The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, the track “Atlas” by multiplatinum recording artist Coldplay. The two announcements kicked off Lionsgate’s “TickTock” campaign which will reveal exciting new developments each week through The Hunger Games Explorer as audiences around the globe eagerly await the November 22nd worldwide release of the film in theaters.
Advance movie tickets will be available through Fandango, MovieTickets.com and exhibitor websites. The track “Atlas” is available now for download via iTunes (link below). Fans are encouraged to engage online to join the countdown excitement leading up to the highly anticipated second film of The Hunger Games franchise not only by visiting The Hunger Games Explorer but also by using #TickTock12 across all social media this week.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn, based upon the novel “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.
The first installment of “The Hunger Games” was the 14th highest-grossing North American release of all time grossing nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office.
The first Hunger Games partnership between Republic Records and Lionsgate yielded the Grammy Award-winning, chart-dominating soundtrack The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond executive produced by T Bone Burnett. The album hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 on its release with sales over 175,000, making it the first soundtrack to top the chart since November 2009. It was the best-selling soundtrack of 2012, the fastest selling soundtrack ever at iTunes, and was certified gold by the RIAA shortly after its release. The album earned a Golden Globe nomination and three Grammy nominations, and its first single, Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound” featuring The Civil Wars, won the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Song Written for Visual Media”.
more info: itunes/Atlas (From “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”)