Lionsgate Faces Tricky Battle in ‘Hunger Games’ Stock, Box Office Success

November 19, 2014 6:00 PM

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Lionsgate Faces Tricky Battle in ‘Hunger Games’ Stock, Box Office Success

The young adult franchise about teenagers who must compete to the death in order to survive has generated more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and has helped the studio’s share price more than double in the past two years. But managing Wall Street’s expectations can be a gladiatorial sport in and of itself.

Lionsgate learned that painful lesson last year when its stock tumbled more than 10% the Monday after the opening of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which failed to meet its most bullish projections. With the latest film in the series, “Mockingjay — Part 1,” set to debut Nov. 21, the studio has t...

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