ABC Family Satiates Appetite For `Hunger Games'

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ABC Family Monday said it has acquired the network television premiere rights t o Lionsgate's blockbuster film The Hunger Games.

The action/adventure film, which generated an estimated $155 million at the box office this past weekend, will air on ABC Family beginning in 2014. In addition, the network has also acquired the network television premiere rights to Catching Fire, the second movie in the franchise, according to Michael Riley, president of ABC Family.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"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," said Riley in a statement. "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."

Added Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution: "With its exciting programming lineup and the ongoing expansion and diversification of its core demo, we believe that ABC Family is the perfect home for The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, and we expect these first two installments of our franchise to resonate with audiences for many years."

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