The companies announced the formal partnership on Wednesday [28] hot on the heels of the franchise record $22m debut of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

The output deal covers Russia and other nations of the CIS region.

“We’re delighted to expand and extend Lionsgate’s longstanding relationship with West Company in what has become one of our top territories,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.

“Our Lionsgate and Summit labels have both successfully partnered with West Company on numerous films in the past, including the blockbuster Twilight franchise. This new output agreement for Lionsgate titles is a natural evolution of our alliance that promises significant benefits for both our companies for many years to come.”

“We’re thrilled to continue working with Patrick, Rob and the entire Lionsgate team,” said West Company president Tigran Dokhalov. “This output agreement provides us with a consistent pipeline of some of the most commercially exciting films in the world from a studio that has emerged as a major force in the global marketplace.”

West Company previously partnered with Lionsgate on What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Possession and Silent Hill 2. Upcoming releases include Beautiful Creatures, Prisoners, Pawn Sacrifice and Transcendence.

Lionsgate svp of international Crystal Bourbeau and evp of international contracts and legal affairs Maitreya Yasuda negotiated the deal with West Company.