Sunday, November 19, 2023

Weekend Box-Office: BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES Opens With Lukewarm $44M While THE MARVELS Scores Worst MCU Second Weekend Drop

Weekend Box Office The Hunger Games Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes

Three new wide releases battled it out over the weekend before Thanksgiving. The prequel "The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes" topped the charts, but fared worse than previous installments in the series. However, it wasn't a total disaster, either. Eli Roth's horror film "Thanksgiving" is a modest hit, and "Next Goal Wins" is not quite a winner.

Read more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

"The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" opened with $44 million from 3,776 theaters. Of course, that's worse than 2012's "The Hunger Games" which opened with $152.2 million, and its three sequels, which opened with $158 million in 2013, $121.8 million in 2014, and $102.6 million in 2015. It's not that bad, either, because the film cost $100 million to produce, 65% of which is funded by foreign sales with another $20M in German tax credits. The film received a mixed reception from both critics (61% on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers ("B+" on CinemaScore).

Universal's threequel "Trolls Band Together" opened in second place with $30.6 million from 3,870 theaters. The first film in the series opened with $46.5 million in 2016. The second installment was released digitally in 2020. Overseas it opened on October 13, and since then has raked in $76.3 million. The global total now stands at $108.1 million. The film received mixed reviews from critics (61% on Rotten Tomatoes), but a warm reception from moviegoers ("A" CinemaScore).

In third place we find Disney's "The Marvels", which opened in first place last week. The film dropped a catastrophic 77.9%, the steepest sophomore drop of all 33 MCU movies, and grossed $10.2 million over the weekend. This brings the domestic tally to $65 million. Overseas it adds another $96.3 million, and the global total now stands at $161.3 million.

Tied with "The Marvels" is Eli Roth's horror film "Thanksgiving" which opened with $10.2 million from 3,204 theaters. It also raked in another $2.4 million from 11 overseas markets. With a budget of only $15 million, the film will end up being profitable, but not a major hit. The film received rave reviews from critics (82% on Rotten Tomatoes), but a mixed reception from audiences ("B-" CinemaScore).

The Top 5 is rounded out by "Five Nights at Freddy's", which drops a massive 61% grossing $3.5 million over the weekend. The film has grossed a total of $132.6 million in North America, and another $139.2 million overseas.

Taika Waititi's "Next Goal Wins" opened in seventh place with a modest $2.5 million from 2,240 theaters, ending up well below pre-release projections. It wasn't a hit with critics either (41% on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences didn't think much of it either ("B+" CinemaScore).

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes $44M $44M N/A $100M
2 Trolls Band Together $30.6M $31.7M $76.3M $95M
3 The Marvels $10.2M $65M $96.3M $219M
4 Thanksgiving $10.2M $10.2M $2.4M $15M
5 Five Nights at Freddy's $3.5M $132.6M $139.2M $20M
6 The Holdovers $2.7M $8.3M N/A N/A
7 Next Goal Wins $2.5M $2.5 N/A $14M
8 Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour $2.4M $175.3M $68.9M $20M
9 Priscilla $2.3M $16.9M N/A $20M
10 Killers of the Flower Moon $1.9M $63.5M $82.2 M $200M


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