Two hugely popular franchises have helped boost Lionsgate‘s profits past the $1 billion mark in domestic box office earnings.
Earlier this year, The Hunger Games jump-started Lionsgate’s earnings with well over $400 million in the U.S. box office alone. This weekend, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 debuted with a massive $141.3 million in domestic box office earnings.
Lionsgate said Monday that it expects to gross more than $1 billion internationally, and more than $2 billion in both domestic and international box office sales thanks to the final Twilight Saga movie.
And while The Twilight Saga franchise is coming to an end with this film, Lionsgate (which purchased Twilight studio Summit Entertainment earlier this year) has three more years of The Hunger Games to look forward to. The sequel, Catching Fire, comes out next year — and the two-part Mockingjay finale will follow in 2014 and 2015.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate is looking ahead to continue being a leader in the popular young adult franchises, with more YA movie adaptations in various stages of development, including the Hunger Games worthy dystopian series Divergent and the science fiction classic Ender’s Game.