#BOXOFFICE: “HUNGER GAMES” FEASTS ON COMPETITION IN DEBUT
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES has a respectable debut this weekend with $44 million from 3,776 theatres for Lionsgate/Cineplex Pictures. This Prequel, made for $100 million, gets 60% on the Tomatometer and while far off the Franchise best with 2013’s Catching Fire openining with $158 million, times are very different right as Hollywood is navigating its way out of the SAG-AFTRA strike.
TROLLS BAND TOGETHER debuts in second spot with $30.6 million from 3,870 theatres for Universal Pictures, garnering 59% on the Tomatometer. Best opening in the Franchise still goes to 2016’s TROLLS with $46 million.
THE MARVELS lands in third in its second weekend with $10.2 million from 4,030 theatres for Disney, a two week domestic total of $67 million.
Toronto-made THANKSGIVING debuts with $10 million from 3,204 theatres for Sony Pictures, nabbing an impressive 86% on the Tomatometer for Director Eli Roth.
FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S rounds out the Top Five with $3.5 million, a total $132 million grossed over four weekends for Universal Pictures.