The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a prequel to the saga of the same name, started in first place at the box office in the United States and Canada with $44 million collected between Friday and Sunday in its first week.
The film is showing “very good numbers” for an action prequel and should do well internationally, said David Gross, industry expert at Franchise Entertainment Research.
This fifth installment of the saga stars Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow (a character played by Donald Sutherland in the first films), Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage and Jason Schwartzman.
The plot takes place around the tenth edition of the Hunger Games, in the dystopian universe of Panem.
Another innovation, Trolls 3, directly entered the second place in the ranking, with 30.6 million dollars of income between Friday and Sunday. The animated film tells the story of “Branch” and the boy band he founded with his brothers.
The fall was confirmed, on the contrary, for the superhero film The Marvels, from the studios of the same name, which after a very disappointing premiere last week now occupies the third place in the ranking .
In this feature film, Carol Danvers, also known as “Captain Marvel” (still played by Brie Larson), is assigned to two partners from the Disney + series “WandaVision” and “Miss Marvel”: Monica Rambeau, who played by Teyonah Parris, and Kamala Khan, played by Iman Vellani.
The three girls are forced to unite to save the universe while involuntarily swapping bodies when using their powers, due to an anomaly.
Black Friday was fourth at the box office in its first week in theaters. The movie takes place in a small town in the northeastern United States, afraid of an ax murderer during Thanksgiving, the famous American holiday in November.
Another horror film, Five Nights at Freddy’s, placed fifth, earning $3.5 million.
Below are the other five most viewed:
6. “Those Who Remain” ($2.7 million)
7. “The worst team in the world” (2.5 million)
8. “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” (2.4 million)
9. “Priscilla” (2.3 million)
10. “The Moon Killers” (1.9 million)