EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service, has scored the right to be the first network to premiere the box office giants Marvel Studio’s and Paramount’s The Avengers and Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games. The two films will continue EPIX’s exclusive offering of “BIG MOVIES” to subscribers OnDemand, online at EpixHD.com, and through EPIX apps.
The Avengers had a stand out opening weekend grossing $200.3 million domestically and is on track for a strong performance globally. The Hunger Games has earned a colossal $618.0million around the world since its late-March premiere. It has grossed more than $380.0 million at the North American box office and is currently ranked 14thamong the all-time highest grossing films.
In a press release, EPIX CEO and President Mark Greenberg stated: “EPIX is all about providing its subscribers the biggest and best movies anytime and anywhere. We are thrilled to bring this year’s two biggest blockbuster titles to the EPIX slate, providing even more value to our viewers and affiliated distributors. We congratulate our studio partners, Paramount and Lionsgate, on their tremendous success.”
About The Avengers: Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, produced by Kevin Feige and written and directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel’s The Avengers is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.
Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when Marvel’s The Avengers assemble in summer2012.
About The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games is directed by Gary Ross, with a screenplay by Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins 'best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 36 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.
It has spent more than 180 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.