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March 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Shares in Lions Gate Entertainment continued to rise on the Nasdaq today (Wednesday), two days ahead of the opening of Hunger Games, which several analysts are predicting will top $100 million in its opening weekend and perhaps even set a new box-office record. (The current record is held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 with$169.2 million, followed by 2008’s The Dark Knight with $158.4 million and 2007’s Spider-Man 3 with $151.1 million). On Monday Lionsgate said that more than one million tickets had already been purchased online at sites like and At the close, shares in the “mini-major” were up 3 percent to $15.68. Last May they were trading at $5.76; they have risen nearly 30 percent over the last 30 days. During the previous months, value of the shares had been hinged to whatever price corporate take-over wizard Carl Icahn was offering to take control of the company.