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'Hunger Games' studio Lionsgate faces a challenge as its young-adult films lose their appeal

'Hunger Games' studio Lionsgate faces a challenge as its young-adult films lose their appeal

Lionsgate was propelled into the ranks of the major Hollywood studios by young-adult franchises such as "The Hunger Games" and "The Twilight Saga." But the waning appeal of futuristic stories featuring young, attractive rebels has diminished the Santa Monica entertainment company's fortunes.

The Jennifer Lawrence-fronted "Hunger Games," central to the mini-major's rise, ended on a down note last November with "Mockingjay — Part 2," which fell short of expectations. And in the latest sign of trouble, its so-far reliable "Divergent" series appears to be faltering.

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