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'Hunger Games' rides. Virtual reality 'Twilight.' How Lionsgate is pushing into the theme parks business

LOS ANGELES - Half a decade after "The Hunger Games" catapulted Lionsgate into the ranks of the major studios, the company is betting its young adult franchises will make it a major player in the theme park business.

The Santa Monica-based film and TV studio has high hopes for Lionsgate-themed parks in South Korea and China set to debut in the next several years. By the end of 2020, the studio says its stable of indoor and outdoor attractions should bring in about 20 million visitors.

The studio is hoping its budding theme parks business will help turn Lionsgate into an international household name and boost its film brands abroad, assuring that

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