Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler star as Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Grey Baird in Lionsgate’s “Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.”
“Snow lands on prime.”
It is the mantra of the primary character Coriolanus Snow within the upcoming “Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” and the hope of its distributor Lionsgate.
The prequel to the $3 billion Starvation Video games franchise, primarily based on the 2020 novel of the identical identify by writer Suzanne Collins, is a standalone movie set some 60 years earlier than Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute. It debuts in theaters this weekend.
“Ballad” is headed for a stable opening, seemingly hauling in between $42 million and $55 million, based on field workplace analysts, as the primary new entry within the Starvation Video games saga since 2015.
“It is an fascinating place for the Starvation Video games prequel as a result of the expectation has out of the blue grow to be that it has an opportunity to open on par with ‘The Marvels,’ give or take, after the latter movie lived all the way down to bearish forecasts,” stated Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.
Disney and Marvel Studios’ “The Marvels” significantly underperformed expectations when it debuted in theaters earlier this month. The movie tallied $46.1 million domestically over its debut weekend, the lowest in the 30-plus-film franchise’s history. The movie had initially been slated to snag between $75 million and $80 million, however these expectations shrank to $60 million and $65 million simply forward of its opening.
“There has all the time been a sure magic surrounding the Starvation Video games franchise,” stated Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “This newest installment appears to take the goodwill generated by the unique movies within the sequence and parlay that into what guarantees to be stable $50 [million] plus debut for this intriguing and thrilling origin story.”
The movie facilities on a younger Coriolanus Snow, a person destined to be president of Panem, the fictional nation primarily based on the continental United States. It sheds mild on what sparked his rise to grow to be the tyrannical ruler seen in later Starvation Video games tales.
Whereas field workplace analysts see a $50 million opening as a constructive — given Hollywood’s current writers and actors strikes and a change in shopper moviegoing habits — “Ballad” will open considerably decrease than its predecessors. Every of the opposite 4 movies within the Starvation Video games franchise debuted with greater than $100 million in ticket gross sales on the home field workplace.
Starvation Video games franchise opening weekends
- “Starvation Video games” (2012) — $152.5 million
- “Starvation Video games: Catching Fireplace” (2013) — $158 million
- “Starvation Video games: The Mockingjay Half One” (2014) — $121.9 million
- “Starvation Video games: The Mockingjay Half Two” (2015) — $102.6 million
There’s some trepidation from field workplace analysts on whether or not “Ballad” will be capable to recapture the audiences that got here out almost a decade in the past for earlier installments.
“We’re speaking a few prequel that does not have the star energy its predecessors did with Jennifer Lawrence,” Robbins stated. “The fan base is somewhat bit older now, the [young adult] style is past its peak of recognition greater than a decade in the past.”
Prequels are usually difficult to market exterior the established core fan base, Robbins stated.
“The largest variable here’s what portion of at present’s younger feminine viewers this new Starvation Video games story can usher in with an all new solid,” he stated.
Thus far, the movie has a 61% score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes from 90 critiques, with critics asserting that the excellent solid and thrilling story make the movie a worthy return to the Starvation Video games universe. Some, nevertheless, discovered the pacing of the movie too rushed. The screenplay is kind of devoted to Collins’ novel, which has greater than 500 pages.
The movie can be a standalone, with no promise for future installments. Producers of the movie franchise have stated they don’t plan on returning to Panem until Collins writes one other guide.
Nonetheless, “Ballad” arrives in theaters at an important time for Lionsgate — with the corporate set to separate from Starz and on the heels of its current acquisition of Leisure One from Hasbro — and for the field workplace. It opens simply head of Disney’s animated function “Want” and AppleTV+’s “Napoleon,” that are due out subsequent week on Thanksgiving.
“This can be a table-setting weekend that theaters and studios positively want after one other feast-or-famine fall season impacted by launch delays and business strikes, each of which can proceed to be felt by means of the vacation season,” stated Robbins.
Disclosure: Comcast is the father or mother firm of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal owns Rotten Tomatoes.
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