Without a doubt, Lionsgate's (NYSE: LGF ) Hunger Games movie franchise has proven a huge winner at the box office so far.
The first Hunger Games, for example, earned more than $691 million in gross ticket receipts last spring, while at the same time serving as a fantastic primer for the remaining films.
And going into this weekend -- only its fifth in the U.S., by the way -- Catching Fire has already garnered more than $735 million worldwide, more than half of which has come from international viewers.
It's time to let the ladies shine
But according to the Fool's Steve Symington in the following video, The Hunger Games didn't just set the stage for Lionsgate's remaining movies.
In fact, Steve insists the series' Katniss Everdeen character has also effectively proven to both Disney's (NYSE: DIS ) Marvel and Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX ) DC Entertainment that their films can thrive at the box office with a powerful female lead.
Check out the video below to hear Steve's full take, including four key Marvel and DC super-heroines he thinks have a great chance at getting their own feature films as a result.
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