"Mockingjay," the final film installment of the blockbuster book series, "The Hunger Games," will be split into two parts, with the movies to be released in 2014 and 2015, the Lionsgate studio said on Tuesday. Lionsgate, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment, said "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" will hit theaters on November 21, 2014, and "Part 2" on November 20, 2015.

"The Hunger Games" film franchise is based on a best-selling science-fiction trilogy by author Suzanne Collins and follows the story of rebel heroine Katniss Everdeen, who tries to fight the oppressive regime ruling the nation of Panem.

The first film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, smashed box office records with its release in March and has became a pop culture hit with ticket sales of $678 million worldwide.

The second installment of the film, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," is set for release on November 23, 2013 and will be directed by Francis Lawrence.

The splitting of the final film into two parts follows the pattern of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" franchises, which were also in two parts and released roughly a year apart from each other.

沪江娱乐快讯:《暮光》系列之后再掀青少年电影高潮的《饥饿游戏》在票房上大放异彩,这让片方狮门公司赚得盆满钵满。日前狮门宣布将《饥饿游戏》最终篇章《饥饿游戏:自由幻梦》(The Hunger Games: Mockingjay)分为上下两部,分别在2014年11月21日和2015年11月20日上映。而该系列的第二部《饥饿游戏:火星燎原》之前已确定于2013年11月23日上映。