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Hunger Games Movies: Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ Hits Box Office Gold with $5.75 Million in Previews

Hunger Games Movies Prequel’s Box Office Success and Anticipation

Lionsgate’s latest film in the YA action franchise, ‘The Hunger Games Movies: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,’ has raked in an impressive $5.75 million at the box office. It is expected that the prequel will earn nearly $50 million in its debut by the end of this week, with some predictions ranging between $60 million and $45 million.

Directed by Francis Lawrence and based on Suzanne Collins’ 2020 novel of the same name, ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ marks the franchise’s first film in eight years. Set more than 60 years before the 10th Hunger Games Movies, it delves into the backstory of a young Coriolanus Snow, who later becomes the president of Panem, impacting Katniss Everdeen’s life significantly.

Prequel’s Box Office Prospects and Original’s Legacy

While the prequel may not reach the heights of the original, which gained massive popularity with its films in the early 2010s, it is expected to perform well at the box office. The international outlook predicts an earning of around $50 million for the nearly $100 million budget film, starting with an opening of approximately $100 million. The original ‘Hunger Games Movies’ debuted in 2012 with $152 million, followed by ‘Catching Fire’ in 2013 ($158 million), ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ in 2014 ($121 million), and ‘Mockingjay Part 2’ in 2015 ($102 million).

Prequel's Box Office Prospects
Prequel’s Box Office Prospects

The cast of ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ includes Tom Blyth as Coriolanus, Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird, Hunter Schafer, Peter Dinklage, Viola Davis, Jason Schwartzman, and more.

Box Office Showdown: Trolls, Thanks Given, The Marvels

In addition to this, competing in the box office arena are Universal’s animated musical ‘Trolls: Band Together’ and Sony’s horror film ‘Thanks Given.’ The ‘Trolls’ sequel has earned $1.3 million in its preview, with an expected opening of $30 million. Eli Roth’s turkey-slasher ‘Turkeys Day’ earned $1 million in previews, with an estimated range of $12 million to $14 million. The box office champion from last week, Disney’s ‘The Marvels,’ is predicted to drop from $21 million to $23 million in its second week.

FAQs

Why did Lucy Gray leave?

Both the book and the movie leave Lucy Gray’s conclusion quite ambiguous. The Academy’s Dean Casca Hi Bottom (Peter Dinklage) gestures towards the snow at the end of the film, confirming that she has disappeared without a trace.

Does ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ merit your time and attention?

Every chapter essentially ends with a cliffhanger, and there’s no boring point throughout the book. As long as you don’t really hate snow and can tolerate reading about it, yes, it’s worth reading.

Will there be a 5th Hunger Games movies?

It is based on Suzanne Collins’ 2020 novel ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,’ working as a prequel to ‘The Hunger Games Movies’ (2012), and it is the fifth installment in ‘The Hunger Games’ film series. Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, and Viola Davis are among the featured actors in the cast.

Is it worth reading ‘The Hunger Games Movies’?

Absolutely! In my opinion, most YA novels these days are engaging and thought-provoking for readers of any age. I think some of the best books coming out these days are meant for readers of all ages. I’m 58 years old, and I love the series!

Why did she eliminate the 10th Hunger Games Movies?

The games were considered destructive, partly due to casualties during the games and the deaths of Capitol students before, and were erased except for a recording.

Conclusion

Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games Movies: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ debuted successfully with $5.75 million. Despite expectations it won’t match the original’s success, projections for its first week range between $45 million and $60 million. With a strong cast and a compelling storyline delving into Coriolanus Snow’s past, the prequel adds depth to the Hunger Games Movies narrative. Competing with films like ‘Trolls: Band Together’ and ‘Thanksgiving,’ the $50 million international earnings forecast indicates a promising start, marking a notable return to the cinematic arena after eight years.

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