Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
) tumbled as much as 5%, as its highly anticipated action flick,
, received weak reviews. The film is slated for a worldwide
release on March 21, 2014.
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is based on Veronica Roth's book of the same name and is directed
by Neil Burger. It is the first installment in the trilogy
starring Shailene Woodley in the lead. The futuristic book is set
in dystopian Chicago and depicts young Tris Prior's (Woodley)
coming of age.
The youth oriented theme is reminiscent of Lions Gate's hugely
The Hunger Games
trilogy, which also had a female lead (Oscar winner Jennifer
Lawrence) fighting against odds.
However, critics do not seem to be too impressed as is evident
from the reviews. Despite laudable performances from Woodley,
James Theo and Kate Winslet (who plays the villain), critics
found this 140-minute film a clichéd, run-of-the-mill affair.
The director's adaptation was also seen as a poor attempt at
stitching philosophy, romance and brutal action on celluloid.
is the latest in the genre of "young-adult fantasy adaptations."
The success or failure of this movie will decide the future of
this franchise and possibly of the genre, according to some
experts. They argue that four high-profile films of this genre (
Beautiful Creatures, The Host, The Mortal Instruments: City
of Bones and Vampire Academy
) failed to make it big at the box office as compared to
in the past. If
also fails to impress, it might be difficult to sustain interest
in this genre in the future.
If successful, it would mean another money-minting franchise for
Lions Gate. In the past, the media house has enjoyed an
impressive run on the back of the successes of
The Twilight Saga
(distributed by its subsidiary Summit Entertainment).
Currently, Lions Gate carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other
stocks worth considering in the media/publishing sector include
Digital Cinema Destinations Corp.
A. H. Belo Corporation
The Walt Disney Co.
). All of these have a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).