The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Debuts Atop the Domestic Weekend Box Office

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Debuts Atop the Domestic Weekend Box Office

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has won the domestic weekend box office by holding off both Trolls Band Together and The Marvels by earning $44.0 million in tickets sales.

As reporeted by Comscore, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes brought in another $54.5 million internationally, meaning its global total has reached $98.5 million.

This new film is a prequel to The Hunger Games films that were adapted from the trilogy of novels from Suzanne Collins. This story follows a young Coriolanus Snow, who is played by Tom Blyth and was played by Donald Sutherland in The Hunger Games, as he works to restore his family’s name and prosperity.

In our The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes review, we said that “it works as a faithful adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ prequel novel, yet falls flat when it comes to depicting the maze of interpersonal manipulation and emotions that make up its main characters’ ultimately doomed relationship. Actors Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler are brilliant additions to the franchise with equally magnetic takes on their very different characters, but aren’t given enough time to fully flesh them out.”

Trolls Band Together also debuted this weekend and it placed second with ticket sales of $31.7 million in North America. Globally, Trolls Band Together has earned an estimated $108.1 million.

In our Trolls Band Together review, we said that it “hits its chosen notes with its trademark glitter-drunk energy and some bonkers visual invention, but its mashing up of shiny pop hits (not to mention past Trolls movies) approaches exhaustion.”

The Marvels brought in $10.2 million in North America and that was good enough for third place at the domestic weekend box office. Unfortunatly, it dropped 78% from its opening weekend ticket sales of $47.0 million, which is the worst second-week drop in MCU history.

The Marvels has raked in $65.0 million domestically and $161.3 million globally.

Thanksgiving was another newcomer and debuted at #4 with $10.2 million in North America, and Five Nights at Freddy’s rounded out the top five with $3.5 million.

For more, check out why The Hunger Games is more relevant now than ever and our chat with director Francis Lawrence about his return to The Hunger Games and why he never would’ve split this film into two parts.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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