The Hunger Games, which is some movie that came out this weekend, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, & Elizabeth Banks, hit it big with a . And it already has its TV network premiere rights nabbed up! Surprisingly, someone moved faster that FX to do it!
ABC Family has probably coughed up a pretty penny, but has acquired the television movie premiere rights to not only The Hunger Games, but the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. [Brusimm’s Catching Fire Review]
That’s a pretty smart move to cough up the cash for both this weekend’s mega-hit movie, The Hunger Games, and the sequel, Catching Fire.
But what could ABC have paid for this particular catch?
Generally speaking, networks can look to pay upwards of 12% of movie’s domestic gross at the box office for the TV rights, though at some point, there’s usually a cap in that fee. Unless other aspects are in play, as in when a network might buy up a package of movie rights from a studio.
There are many options as to how this TV rights deal can be worked.
But a movie as big as The Hunger Games can probably push the envelope and as we all know, ABC/Disney has the bucks to do so.
Plus, I’d have to guess that with this announcement coming out this early on a Monday morning, that networks were already in parlay for the movies long before the movie premiered this weekend. So at least sometime in 2014, ABC Family is going to have a good ratings day or two when they premiere these movies.
[TV Media Insights: Hunger Games TV Rights Acquired]