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

November 19, 2014 6:00 PM

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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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