On the heels of the $152 million opening weekend of "The Hunger Games," ABC Family has announced it has acquired the rights to be the basic cable TV home of the movie's upcoming sequel "Catching Fire."
The network acquired the TV rights to "The Hunger Games" earlier this month. ABC Family will begin airing the franchise in 2014.
The announcement comes on the heels of the movie's huge opening box office weekend, the third highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.
"It's an understatement to say that we are thrilled to add the first two films of 'The Hunger Games' franchise to our channel lineup," ABC Family president Michael Riley said. "This tremendous opening weekend reinforces what we have already learned -- a powerful heroine, themes of romance and iconic characters will keenly resonate with our Millennial audience. This franchise will continue to enhance our network for years to come."
"The Hunger Games," based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy of books, follows ABC Family's acquisition of the "Harry Potter" films, another series of movies adapted from a young adult-friendly series of bestselling books.