While we can be sure that "Hunger Games" fanatics will be come out in droves stateside, Lionsgate U.K. wanted to hedge its bets a bit.

The across-the-pond film corporation opted to shave seven seconds off the upcoming adaption in order to be knocked down from 15 classification to a 12A. The new rating would allow children under the age of 12 to watch the film, with parent supervision.

Variety is reporting that "a number of cuts were made in one scene to reduce an emphasis on blood and injury," according to the British Board of Film Classification. Reportedly, Lionsgate digitally removed the "sight of blood splashes and sight of blood on wounds and weapons" from four scenes in the film.

The Motion Picture Association gave the adaptation of the famous series, which stars Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), a PG-13 rating in the states.

"Is it violent? Yes. Do we back off from what it is? No, we don't," Ross told Entertainment Weekly. The latest issue of EW features interviews with the cast of "The Hunger Games," and a cover with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth.

"The Hunger Games" hits theaters in the U.S. and U.K. on March 23.

[via Variety]
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