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‘Hunger Games’ Triumphs Over ‘Wish’ and ‘Napoleon’ At The Box Office During Thanksgiving Weekend

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The Songbird Flies High!

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Song Birds & Snakes has made over $100 million in its first weekend, dominating the box office. Other films at the dinner party include Ridley Scott’s Napoleon, which is coming in at a close second in the box office, while Disney’s Wish falls slightly behind. Based on the numbers, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Song Birds and Snakes takes the pie and the entire feast this season. 

Lucy Gray Proves Victorious 

The prequel, set 65 years before the revolutionary Katniss, follows the story of the victor of the 10th annual Hunger Games, Lucy Gray Baird. The almost three-hour film, directed by Francis Lawerence and starring Rachel Zegler and Tom Bltyh as Lucy Gray Baird and Coriolanus Snow, expands the already deep lore of The Hunger Games series in a captivating way that will keep you humming “The Hanging Tree” days after you watch the movie. It is no wonder it is charting at the top of the box office currently. 

After being out for a little over a week in the U.S., the movie has already made over $50 million at the U.S. box office. Its successful opening weekend is only expected to get better, as many speculate the movie will finish with nearly $100 million on Sunday. It seems pretty great for a 10-day domestic run. Although it is making big numbers, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes has the poorest performance at the box office out of all The Hunger Games films in the franchise, sitting right below the finale of Katniss’s story, Mockingjay Part 2. Yet, it still reigns supreme in comparison to the other films released for Thanksgiving, part of which could be due to the time it was released. 

Instead of dropping the film during the holiday week, the movie was released a week before, on November 17th, thus giving people a chance to head over to the theaters and catch the action without sacrificing time for the holiday season. Overall, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has grossed $125 million worldwide and is on the trajectory to breaking even with production costs soon! 

Tough Luck For The Other Tributes 

Although The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes has been the main focus of this week’s movie release, there are other notable films that have also hit theaters recently. Ridley Scott’s historical epic Napoleon was released the day before Thanksgiving on November 22, and Disney’s new animated movie Wish also came out on the same day.

Yet, neither has made the splash anticipated in comparison to the Hunger Games film released. The historical action film starring Joaquin Phoenix grossed $7.7 million on its first day and later made $8.4 million on Friday. Napoleon is expected to make around $22 to $25 million for its first week during the holiday season, falling behind the Hunger Games prequel by a large amount.

Napoleon

Wish has not been doing so well at the box office compared to the previous two films mentioned. This is troubling for Disney since The Marvels did not reach the expected success either. The animated musical was initially projected to make around $45–50 million over the course of Thanksgiving weekend, but those projections were quickly lowered to $32 million after the film only made $8.3 million on its first day of release. It was a rocky release, especially given the grandeur of the other movies that were also released around the same time. 

Wish and Napoleon are in a tight race for second place at the box office this week, but based on predictions, it seems like Napoleon might be ahead. Yet, no film this week will be making as big of a mark as the fan-favorite movie that brought us back to the 2010 dystopian genre, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.

All films mentioned, including The Hunger Games prequel, are now in theaters. Head down and enjoy the show! 

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The Hunger Games: A Balla of Songbirds & Snakes (2023) Lionsgate Official Trailer

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