“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” will be released in IMAX 3D on Nov. 20 — the same date it comes out via regular theatrical format, Lionsgate announced on an investor call Friday.
“I’m thrilled ‘Mockingjay – Part 2’ will be in IMAX theaters,” director Francis Lawrence said in a statement. “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 franchise has grossed more than $2.2 billion at the box office worldwide, according to the news release.
“It’s exciting to be back in ‘The Hunger Games’ world and once again team up with our partners at Lionsgate, director Francis Lawrence and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik on what we believe will be a thrilling, action-packed finale to this blockbuster franchise,” senior executive vice president, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, Greg Foster said. “The fan enthusiasm and cultural impact that this series has generated has been truly remarkable and we are thrilled to offer audiences the opportunity to experience the last chapter in IMAX 3D.”
“Mockingjay – Part 2” picks up with Panem in a full scale war as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in a final showdown. Katniss joins District 13 and her closest friends — Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) — to bring an end to the war while the heroine faces some of her toughest challenges yet.
The cast also includes a final appearance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, plus Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson, Evan Ross and Julianne Moore.
Last year, IMAX executives decided not to switch Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” on the giant screen with the opening weekend of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” as the space epic grossed $42 million during its fourth weekend, TheWrap previously reported.
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