Lionsgate closed CinemaCon 2022 on Thursday with a presentation that included adaptations of a Judy Blume classic, a spinoff of one of her surprise hit films, and the return of John Wick and “The Hunger Games.”
Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco hosted the presentation, combining previews with a stand-up routine in which he joked that the upcoming “Expendables 4” starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and 50 Cent would be “more violent than Will Smith in a comedy club”. Maniscalco also showed his own upcoming comedy “About My Father,” which he co-wrote and based on his own relationship with his Italian immigrant father. He was joined on stage by Robert De Niro, who plays Maniscalco’s father, as well as co-stars Leslie Bibb and Kim Cattrall.
Rachel McAdams and Abby Ryder Fortson appeared to present a trailer for the film adaptation of “Are You There God?” It’s me Margaret. The famous book has been a coming-of-age tale embraced by generations of women, telling the story of a young Christian woman entering her teenage years, having her first crush and having a crisis of faith.
“White Bird,” a spinoff of Lionsgate’s 2017 surprise hit movie “Wonder,” which grossed $305 million worldwide, was also featured in the presentation. The film follows Julian, the boy who bullied his deformed classmate Auggie in “Wonder” and was sent to live with his grandmother, played by Helen Mirren. There, Julian hears his grandmother’s story of how she survived the Holocaust with the help of her classmate.
And the presentation was capped off with previews of what will be Lionsgate’s biggest money-maker, “John Wick: Chapter 4” and “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents.” “Chapter 4” will continue John Wick’s never-ending battle against the underworld of assassins, while “Songbirds and Snakes” will tell the story of how “Hunger Games” villain Coriolanus Snow rose to power as President of Panem.
With many of its most important projects facing pandemic production delays, Lionsgate’s box office recovery has been slower than that of major studios, with just $177 million in worldwide box office receipts. last year and “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” standing at the top of the studio. with $38 million domestic and $67 million worldwide. The label recently released Nicolas Cage’s meta-comedy “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” which grossed $8.5 million domestically in its first five days in theaters.