‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes’ Devours $99M Global Opening; ‘Trolls Band Together’ Tops $100M WW – International Box Office
19.11.2023 - 18:07
Refresh for latest…: Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes very (very) narrowly missed the $100M mark globally in its opening weekend, but it’s as near as dammit with an estimated $98.5M through Sunday worldwide. The Francis Lawrence-directed prequel came in slightly higher than pre-frame projections overseas with $54.5M from 87 international box office markets. The drag on getting to the century milestone was domestic at $44M versus hopes for $50M+.
The top overseas market openings include the UK with a No. 1 of $6.7M, Germany also at No. 1 with $4.8M, China at a No. 3 of $4.5M, France with $4.1M at No. 1 and Mexico also at No. 1 with $3.7M. In general, we understand that Latin America saw some overperformance.
In China, there is no Maoyan audience score yet, though Douban critics have it at 7.1, on par with the first film and not the lowest of the franchise. Maoyan is currently predicting a final of $7.1M which would, however, rep the lowest of the Hunger Games titles released there. We weren’t expecting great things out of China – the previous years were a different time for Hollywood there and local tastes have turned greatly inward in more recent times.
In IMAX, the global bow was $7.3M, including $3.2M from 74 overseas markets ($700K of which came from China to rep 15% of the nationwide total).
As Anthony has noted, Songbirds & Snakes sits at a $100M-plus production cost, 65% of which is funded by foreign sales, with another $20M in German tax credits.
Turning to the holdovers, after its misfire debut last weekend, Disney/Marvel’s The Marvels dropped by 67% overseas, the steepest dip for a sophomore frame of a Disney MCU pic ever. It added $19.5M in 52 material markets. The
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