'Hunger Games' Catching Retail 'Fire' March 724 Jan, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Title looks to become one of home entertainment’s biggest releases in 2014
Lionsgate will release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire across all retail channels March 7. The second installment in the "Hunger Games" franchise stars Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and grossed more than $850 million at the global box office.
The movie, which was the No. 1 theatrical release of 2013 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office with more than $414 million, will be available as a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet) for $39.99, on DVD (plus UltraViolet) for $29.95, Digital HD, video on demand and pay-per-view.
The first installment, The Hunger Games, was the top-selling packaged-media release in 2012, with more than 10.3 million units sold generating more than $182 million, according to The-Numbers.com. With Catching Fire possibly becoming the biggest home entertainment release in 2014, Lionsgate thus far has made no plans to release the title early digitally — a strategy increasingly used by studios.
Based on the second novel of Suzanne Collins' award-winning trilogy, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn and directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as, against all odds, Katniss (Lawrence) and her fellow tribute Peeta have returned home after surviving the Hunger Games.
The Blu-ray includes two hours of bonus materials featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, "Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire," deleted scenes, an audio commentary with director Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson, as well as a sneak peek at upcoming theatrical action film Divergent from Summit Entertainment.
The DVD release includes audio commentary with director Lawrence and producer Jacobson, deleted scenes and a sneak peek of Divergent.