Out of all the franchises that have come along in the last decade perhaps none were as big as Lionsgate’s double whammy of Twilight and The Hunger Games, at least in terms of its fan base. Based on the best-selling books, both rode the wave of the young adult sub-genre and were the stalwarts for the many YA adaptations that followed.
But sadly as with most good things, both series came to a close and the studio, and indeed the fans, have been clamoring for both ever since. And they may all get their wish if Lionsgate have anything to say about it – and CEO Jon Feltheimer opened the door to new stories on Wall Street this week, saying to analysts: (via Variety)
“There are a lot more stories to be told, and we’re ready to tell them when our creators are ready to tell those stories,” he said.
Twilight, which helped make stars out of actors Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, first opened in 2008 with the first film grossing $393.6million worldwide. The sequel, New Moon, followed and the box-office floodgates opened wide with a worldwide gross of $709.7million. Eclipse (Part 3) grossed $698.5million before Breaking Dawn, which was released in two parts, grossed $712million and $829.7million respectively.
The Hunger Games, meanwhile, first opened in 2012 and grossed $694.4million in 2012. The follow-up, Catching Fire, opened a year later and was the highest grosser of the series with $865million worldwide. Mockingjay, the final book, was broken into two parts similarly to Breaking Dawn, and grossed $755.4million and $653.4million respectively.
So the main stories may be over but it seems that both the hit franchises may well be returning very soon – do you want to see more installments/spin-offs from Hunger Games and Twilight? Could stars Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson et all be lured back?