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Hunger Games thwarts Napoleon invasion at US Thanksgiving box office

AFP | | Posted by Tuhin Das Mahapatra
Nov 27, 2023 01:59 PM IST

Hunger Games prequel tops box office over Thanksgiving weekend. Napoleon film takes second place with $32.5 million in ticket sales

The Hunger Games prequel stayed atop the North American box office over the long US Thanksgiving weekend, fending off an invasion by new Ridley Scott film 'Napoleon," industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

Hunger Games prequel reigns supreme over Napoleon(Official Posters)
Hunger Games prequel reigns supreme over Napoleon(Official Posters)

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes took in an estimated $42 million from Wednesday through Sunday -- boosted by Thanksgiving holiday moviegoers -- and $28.8 million for the usual Friday-through-Sunday period.

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This fifth in the Hunger Games series stars Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler and Peter Dinklage in a story about the 10th Hunger Games in the dystopian state of Panem.

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In second place was the latest take on the Napoleon epic, this one from Sony, with ticket sales of $32.5 million for the five-day weekend and $20.4 million for three days.

"This is a good opening for a period epic action adventure," said analyst David A. Gross, who noted the "pedigree" of director Ridley Scott and strong leads in Joaquin Phoenix, as the French emperor, and Vanessa Kirby, as Empress Josephine.

The European setting should help the movie "over-perform abroad," Gross said. But the film had an "enormous" production budget of $200 million, he noted, and has generated lukewarm reviews, with many French critics panning historical inaccuracies.

Disney, meantime, did not quite get its Wish with the release of the lavish animation by that name. It took in $31.7 million for five days and $19.5 for three, which Gross said was roughly half what similar films have earned in the past.

"The struggle is real for the $200M animated film, and the Magic Kingdom itself," Exhibitor Relations said on X, formerly Twitter.

Wish follows another disappointing opening for Disney; The Marvels recently saw the lowest debut ever in the studio's Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Featuring the voices of Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose and Chris Pine, "Wish" tells the story of King Magnifico, who from his island kingdom grants one wish a month.

In fourth, down two spots from last weekend, was Universal's animated musical comedy "Trolls Band Together." Led by voice actors Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, it sold $25.3 million in tickets for five days, and $17.6 million for three.

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And in fifth was Sony slasher film "Thanksgiving," at $11 million for five days and $7.2 million for three. Patrick Dempsey and Addison Rae star.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

The Marvels ($9.2 million for five days; $6.4 million for three)

The Holdovers ($3.8 million; $2.8 million)

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour ($2.3 million -- it is playing in theaters only Thursdays through Sundays)

Five Nights at Freddy's ($2.4 million; $1.8 million)

Saltburn ($2 million; $1.8 million)

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