Let's not forget that the HG films are based on a series of well-known, mega-selling books, unlike Aeon Flux, Ultraviolet, BloodRayne, Hanna, Elektra, The Host, and Beautiful Creatures, all of which underperformed-to-flopped.
I was under the impression that The Host
, Beautiful Creatures
, and The Golden Compass
were all fairly popular young adult books and/or series. That didn't help them at the box office, though.