The Hunger Games sequel: Buzz, demand, and reviews all point to gigantic opening

The box office numbers for this weekend's highly-anticipated release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire could come in even higher than early estimates as more audience-tracking surveys show frenzied pre-release demand for tickets.

Execs with Lions Gate (LGF +0.5%) have stayed low with their guidance, and most Hollywood-watchers came in with a $160M-$175M forecast for the film, but a little extrapolation now shows that a +$180M opening weekend haul could be in store.

Buzz: At Fandago the movie reps 85% of all daily ticket sales and blew out the site's computers on a "buzz" indicator, while movie reviews have also been extremely favorable. "It blows the previous film — and most movies this year — out of the water," says Wired.

Shares of Lions Gate have been slightly shy in front of the big release, skirting around a narrow $32-$33 range. A box office blowout of over $200M could bring the stock back into the spotlight.

Reviews: NY Times, Washington Post, Wired.

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  • Gosho
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    21 Nov 2013, 08:01 PM Reply Like
  • AmericaStartsHere
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    Wall Street knows how to suppress the true value of a company regardless of profits and fundamentals.
    21 Nov 2013, 10:51 PM Reply Like
  • Kmoney01
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    Not this stock. It will hit new highs. Hunger games: Catching Fire will most likely be the number one grossing film of all time ahead of Avatar in the 700 millions. New trading range of 35-40 after all is said and done. Happy Holidays!
    22 Nov 2013, 08:14 AM Reply Like
  • willADan
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    LGF is not the only publicly traded company benefiting from The Hunger Games success. Check out this Motif Investing portfolio! #HungerStocks
    22 Nov 2013, 02:01 PM Reply Like
  • lynnie5
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    We came from the movie tonight and all I can say is awesome! This is a great movie for all ages from young and old. Had us in suspense from the beginning right up to the end!! The saddest part of this movie was we didn't want it to end. Can't wait till the next one. Ages in our party, 50 to 60
    23 Nov 2013, 03:35 AM Reply Like
  • Kmoney01
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    Own SCHL also. They handle the publishing for Hunger Games books.
    23 Nov 2013, 10:28 AM Reply Like
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