THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN -- PART 2 PROPELS LIONSGATE PAST ONE BILLION DOLLAR MARK AT THE 2012 DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN -- PART 2 PROPELS LIONSGATE PAST ONE BILLION
                 DOLLAR MARK AT THE 2012 DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE

BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 Shatters TWILIGHT Franchise Record with Estimated
$340.9 Million Worldwide Opening Weekend

PR Newswire

SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 19, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 19, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Propelled by its blockbuster TWILIGHT SAGA and HUNGER GAMES
young adult franchises, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment
company, has become the first studio outside the traditional majors to eclipse
the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office in a single calendar year, the
Company reported today.

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The Company also expects to roar across the $1 billion mark at the
international box office and the $2 billion mark at the worldwide box office
(domestic and international combined) in the next few weeks as THE TWILIGHT
SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 continues to build on its franchise
record-shattering opening weekend of $340.9 million at the worldwide box
office, outpacing the best previous TWILIGHT installment by approximately 40
percent to date.

A commercially powerful Lionsgate slate including the blockbuster first film
in THE HUNGER GAMES franchise, which grossed $408 million at the domestic box
office and is the 13^th highest-grossing domestic release of all time, and
TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 have combined to push Lionsgate's
domestic box office total to $1.08 billion with nearly two months remaining in
the calendar year and TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 just beginning its
theatrical run.

The Company will also open the critically-acclaimed drama THE IMPOSSIBLE on
December 21^st. THE IMPOSSIBLE has already launched in Spain with a mammoth
box office haul of nearly $50 million, ranking second all time at the Spanish
box office behind AVATAR.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 achieved the best opening weekend
worldwide box office performance in TWILIGHT franchise history with franchise
bests in numerous major territories around the world, including –

Latin America, where the film has delivered $43 million in its first five days
and is 57% ahead of the opening of BREAKING DAWN – PART 1. Lionsgate
distributes in Latin America through its recently expanded joint venture
partnership with IDC.

France, with $16.4 million in its opening weekend, achieving the best opening
weekend of the year

Spain, where BREAKING DAWN PART 2 is the top-grossing three-day opening
weekend of all time

The UK, with $23.4 million in its opening weekend, up 10% from BREAKING
DAWN—PART 1 and

Russia and the other CIS nations, which set a new franchise record with an
opening weekend of $20.3 million.

"Every member of our Motion Picture Group should take tremendous pride in this
singular accomplishment," said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon
Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns. "The strength of our theatrical
slate, both domestically and internationally, reflects the critical mass we've
built throughout all of our businesses. Led by the next three installments of
our HUNGER GAMES franchise and new and emerging brands like ENDER'S GAME and
DIVERGENT, our pipeline going forward continues to be strong."

"We're thrilled that THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 is off to such a
great start worldwide, and we owe a tremendous debt of thanks to Stephenie
Meyer and the entire TWILIGHT team," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. "Our results reflect not
only the global appeal of our HUNGER GAMES and TWILIGHT franchises but our
portfolio approach to our slate, which has already generated eight different
films this year that have grossed more than $40 million at the domestic box
office. Our slate going forward will continue to be driven by the same
powerful mix of franchise tentpoles, strong brands and critically exciting
films."

ABOUT LIONSGATE:

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and
diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television
programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital
distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales.
The Company has built a strong television presence in production of primetime
cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of
programming and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 25 shows
on 18 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication
businesses, including the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men, the critically
acclaimed series Weeds, Nurse Jackie and Boss, the new comedy Anger
Management, which has been picked up for another 90 episodes by FX, the
network series Nashville, picked up for a full season of 22 episodes by ABC,
the syndication successes Tyler Perry's House of Payne, its spinoff Meet the
Browns, The Wendy Williams Show, Are We There Yet? and the upcoming Orange Is
The New Black, an original series for Netflix.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the
blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, which grossed
nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office, The Twilight Saga Breaking
Dawn – Part 2, which achieved the best worldwide opening in Twilight franchise
history, The Possession, Sinister, The Expendables 2, Cabin in the Woods,
Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection and Arbitrage. With the January 2012
acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the Company has now added the blockbuster
Twilight Saga, which has grossed more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box
office, to its current slate, giving the Company the two premier young adult
franchises in the world. Recent Summit hits include Red, Letters to Juliet,
Knowing and the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, The Hurt Locker.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box
office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles
a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and
television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves
as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses.The
Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality
entertainment in markets around the world.

For further information, please contact:

Peter D. Wilkes
310-255-3726
pwilkes@lionsgate.com

Kinley Cross
310-255-5114
kcross@lionsgate.com





SOURCE Lionsgate

Website: http://www.lionsgate.com
 
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