Analysts at Lionsgate are remaining upbeat despite The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 failing to fire domestically. The third instalment in the young-adult franchise topped the U.S. box office but took $123 million - lower than the opening gross for previous movies in the series.

Mockingjay Part 1Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

After shares in the studio continued to fall, Matthew Harrigan, a media and entertainment analyst, looked to the upside from international TV sales offsetting "franchise fatigue."

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"Television now appears to be emerging as an increasingly credible barbell complement to film, with Lionsgate now a pervasive presence across the global TV ecosystem," Harrigan wrote in an investment note, published by the Hollywood Reporter.

Nevertheless, Mockingjay grabbed $275 million globally in its opening weekend to represent a strong haul overall. The first half of the final movie in the Hunger Games series stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

Mockingjay Part 1Natalie Dormer [L] plays Cressida in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1'

"The penultimate episode in the franchise feels like the mighty inhale that precedes a noisy, explosive sneeze. We must wait another year for release," said Donald Clarke of Irish Times.

"To be honest, Mockingjay Part 1 is probably the weakest of the three so far, but if this is as bad as it gets, that is still something of a triumph," wrote Tim Martain of The Mercury.

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"One of the year's smartest, boldest blockbusters, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 treats its audience with respect and assumes we have high expectations - and it more than delivers the goods," said Mark Hughes of Forbes.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 will be released on November 20, 2015.