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Three days after its release, Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is nearing the $100 million mark – taking the top spot at the global box office.
So far, sales include $44m in North America and $54.5m internationally – proving that the highly-anticipated prequel to The Hunger Games (2012) is very much alive.
“We were a little lighter than domestically and a little over internationally, so we’re thrilled with the result,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group vice chairman Adam Fogelson.
The film has an entire new cast. Directed by Francis Lawrence, it is based on the 2020 novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.
Taking place 64 years before the events on the first film, the plot shows the events that lead to the young Coriolanus Snow becoming the tyrannical leader of Panem, as well as District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird, who he mentors in the 10th annual Hunger Games.
Although prequels do not do as well as the original films, the numbers surrounding the highly-awaited movie likely prove the justification of more films for dedicated fans.