The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 being released in IMAX is no great surprise, especially as each of the previous instalments of the popular Young Adult franchise have been shown on the extra sized screens.

What is making headlines however is the fact that it’s going to be released in 3D, the first time The Hunger Games will be seen that way in the majority of the world. We say that because Mockingjay – Part 1 was in 3D when it reached China, a box office location which has become just as profitable as North America.

The last Hunger Games movie wasn’t the box office juggernaut that Lionsgate expected, despite the fact that it was still one of 2014’s highest grossing release. The extra charge for 3D tickets should make a difference when it’s released later this year though, making sure the series ends as profitably as possible.

“I’m thrilled Mockingjay – Part 2 will be in IMAX theaters,” says director Francis Lawrence. “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.”

“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,” adds Greg Foster, IMAX CEO and Senior Executive Vice President. “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.”

The popularity of 3D has declined in recent years, but moviegoers do still end up paying to see post converted releases like this one. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’s impressive cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.