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'Hunger Games' Expected to Bring in More Than $300 Million Profit

Analysts predict blockbuster after film's huge opening weekend

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in 'The Hunger Games.'
Murray Close/Lionsgate
March 26, 2012 9:20 AM ET

After The Hunger Games posted a record-breaking opening weekend, netting an estimated $155 million, analysts predicted that number would ultimately total to more than $300 million in profit for independent studio Lionsgate, according to the Los Angeles Times.

JP Morgan media analyst Monica Dicenso predicted that the first Hunger Games film would yield $310 million in profit and the series as a whole will rake in $1.5 billion. James Marsh of Piper Jaffray said the totals could be even higher, with more than $400 million from the first movie and more than $2 billion for the entire series.

This would be a major success for the film company, which has posted net losses in its last four fiscal years. Although Lionsgate hit a few home runs with Saw and Precious, last year took a toll with big budget flops including Conan the Barbarian.

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