Songbirds and Snakes’ Opens Low $44M – Deadline

UPDATE, Sunday AM Writethru: Refresh for updates The Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is coming in on the backside of the place we had been seeing it yesterday with a $44M opening. The hope was that this Suzanne Collins prequel was sure to file $50M+.

Saturday for Songsbirds & Snakes was $15M coming off of a $19.1M Friday, -21% with a Sunday projected of $9.9M.

There may be some nice phrase of mouth for the film among the many below 25 feminine crowd, which may gain advantage the pic in the course of the Thanksgiving stretch, nevertheless, this movie was frontloaded ala any YA film geared toward ladies.

After The Marvels posted a franchise low for the Marvel Cinematic Universe of $46.1M, isn’t Songbirds and Snakes additionally a misfire? Not essentially, and at a $100M-plus manufacturing value, 65% of which is funded by international gross sales with one other $20M in German tax credit, the Lionsgate Francis Lawrence directed film is structured utterly in another way financially than the $200M The Marvels. Lionsgate has largely lined their nut and publicity in international territory licensing, materially participaing after their companions get better their prices.

The problem right here for Lionsgate is launching this film all alongside, apart from the actors strike, is the truth that the Collins novel wasn’t an enormous hit just like the others, hitting cabinets throughout Covid and three.5M novels bought. The opposite issue that may’t be ignored is that Starvation Video games die-hards had been upset when the studio break up up Mockingjay into two motion pictures. Lawrence heard the outcry, and has his regrets.

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The larger query going ahead is whether or not or not this is sufficient to hold a franchise going. By main studio requirements it isn’t. When Incredible Beasts got here out and opened to $74.4M home, $218.3M we slammed it, saying that it wasn’t sufficient to fireplace off a five-film franchise. That was right on a field workplace foundation, and the Harry Potter spinoff solely made it to 3 movies with grosses plummeting with every installment. Nevertheless, the best way studios have a look at these motion pictures, even with declining grosses, as catalyst to spur different elements of the enterprise, i.e. theme parks, merchandise and the general gross sales of older motion pictures within the franchise.

On the similar time, Incredible Beasts opened up a brand new field workplace benchmark for prequel motion pictures, and what their potential was veering from the core franchise. The primary Incredible Beasts opening stateside was 56% off from the opening of the ultimate Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Half 2‘s $169.1M. Songbirds & Snakes‘ begin is down -57% from the final Starvation Video games: Mockingjay – Half 2‘s $102.6M opening.

“That is to be anticipated,” is what a number of distributions sources are telling me in regards to the outcomes right here; many delicate to the truth that regardless of Songbirds & Snakes getting some type of promotion popping out of the SAG-AFTRA strike, like different motion pictures earlier than it, its publicity and advertising marketing campaign was off-kilter attributable to actors forbidden to advertise.

All of this mentioned, by movie international gross sales funding requirements, the opening right here for the Starvation Video games prequel is alright. “If every main international companion fares effectively of their territories with the film, they’ll positively purchase into one other Starvation Video games installment, no query about it,” says one international gross sales huge macher.

“This isn’t a lot about increasing the franchise as rebuilding it,” says the identical supply about Songbirds & Snakes which arrives in theaters eight years after Mockingjay 2. The gap between Deathly Hallows 2 and Incredible Beasts was 5 years.

Even with Songbirds and Snakes opening, there’s nothing fallacious with feeding the franchise: The mere opening of this film will re-ignite the Starvation Video games library over the vacation interval as many return to the unique motion pictures both in PVOD, SVOD, and so forth.

One other comp right here for Songbirds and Snakes is the second Divergent: Rebel, which value $110M and opened to $52.2M home, and legged out to $130.1M U.S./Canada and $297M. That sequel had an A- Cinemascore.

The CinemaScore for Songbirds & Snakes got here in at B+, the bottom for the Starvation Video games franchise however not removed from each Mockingjays‘ A-. Nevertheless, hope prevails in different exits. On PostTrak, Songbirds & Snakes continues to be 4 1/2 stars, with 87% optimistic. Finest scores come from ladies below 25 at 93% who the largest demo for the film at 37%. The 18-24 bunch at 45%, the largest age demo, embraced Songbirds & Snakes with a 90% grade. Ladies over 25 at 27% gave it an 85%. Males over 25 at 21% graded it at 81% whereas males below 25 confirmed up at 15% with an 83% grade. Range demos had been 50% Caucasian, 24% Hispanic and Latino, 11% Black and 10% Asian. Sixty-nine % particular advocate. We’ll see how all of this kicks into tonight and past.

Attention-grabbing in regards to the film is that it’s not a typical NYC and LA kind of film: Highest grossing theater is the AMC Boston Commons with $101K to this point. The pic is enjoying greatest within the South and Mountain Areas. Imax and PLFs are solely fueling 36% of the weekend gross, which appears low. Rotten Tomatoes upticked to 60% contemporary with critics.

With an total whole of 4 broad releases, the autumn weekend field workplace is displaying the third greatest consequence publish Labor Day with $115.7M after the weekend of Oct. 13-15 ($132.5M, when Taylor Swift opened) and Oct. 27-29 ($126.1M when 5 Nights at Freddy’s opened).

Second place goes to Common/DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Band Collectively which is developing sturdy with a $30.6M opening after a $9.35M Friday and $12.2M Saturday.

Let’s take a second right here to mirror on what a fantastic opening that is for Uni, DWA and the Trolls band after the entire Trolls World Tour going PVOD noise. You’ll keep in mind earlier than theaters closed, Uni made the choice to go day-and-date with that film on PVOD, which finally turned a lone PVOD launch. That didn’t damage Trolls one bit and audiences got here again.

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There’s one thing else that’s superb right here with Trolls Band Collectively: Common fiercely dated this feminine skewing film earlier than Disney’s Thanksgiving skewing lady animated musical film, Want which opens Wednesday to what’s doubtlessly $45M-$50M over 5-days. Is Common out of their freakin’ minds? “No,” says one rival studio exec, “If this was seven years in the past, you’d have to fret about Disney. However with their model rusting, you don’t want to fret about them anymore.” The notion is that two animated musical motion pictures for women can stay within the vacation field workplace for the following month-plus.

The opening is off 35% from the unique Trolls‘ $46.5M again in 2016. The threequel debut right here is heads and tails above Puss in Boots: The Final Want which had $12.4M opening (that was due the winter chilly spell final yr at Christmas) which mushroomed right into a 15x legout to $185.5M stateside.

The Walt Dohrn-directed threequel will get an A CinemaScore, similar to the primary one. PostTrak is nice at 85% and 67% advocate with children below 12 hugging Trolls 3 at 95%. Mother leaning at 71% feminine, with 31% of the viewers between 18-34. The largest grownup quad was 35-44 years previous at 27%. Below 17 was 34% Range demos are 37% Latino and Hispanic, 34% Caucasian, 11% Asian and 10% Black. Trolls 3 are ruling South Central, Midwest and West. The Marcus Majestic Brookfield, WI is main the pack with $39K in gross (together with early reveals). Prime 10 markets are LA, NYC, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, San Fran, Philly, DC, Toronto and Phoenix.

Beamed Home Distribution head Jim Orr “Trolls Band Collectively is off to a blinding begin on the home field workplace.  Audiences throughout North America are singing the praises of and together with these iconic characters that proceed to mesmerize all ages.”

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Third place belongs to Disney’s The Marvels with a second Friday of $2.8M (ouch, -87%), Saturday of $4.4M and second weekend forecast of $10.2M, -78% –the largest second weekend drop ever for an MCU title, and a working whole of $65M by EOD Sunday.

Addison Rae stars in TriStar Footage and Spyglass Media Group’s Thanksgiving


TriStar/Spyglass Media’s Thanksgiving made $3.825 million on Friday, $3.865 million on Saturday with a Sundya figured at $2.5M at 3,204 places. That’s $10.2M for the weekend. B- CinemaScore, which is par for a horror film. (updating). That’s sufficient with leftovers to go round on this $15M budgeted horror pic.

Searchlight’s Subsequent Purpose Wins in sixth place is working into foul poles as anticipated with a $2.5M opening after $1.1M Friday. B+ Cinemascore.

SALTBURN, Jacob Elordi, 2023. © MGM / Courtesy Everett Assortment


Amazon MGM’s Saltburn, the second film from Oscar successful filmmaker Emerald Fennel hit seven places this weekend with a fantastic theater common of $45,1K. Projected weekend is $316K after a $168K Friday. Pic is booked at AMC Century Metropolis, AMC Grove LA, AMC Burbank, Angelika NYC, AMC Lincoln Sq., Alamo Brooklyn (the most effective of the bunch with over $34K) and Alamo South Lamar in Austin. Seventy 4 % contemporary from RT Critics for this Oxford College scholar thriller noir who snakes his means into his colleagues rich household in the course of the course of a summer season. One other Jacob Elordi hit on the specialty field workplace. Pricilla introduced in $2.3M this weekend hitting $16.9M, which is able to takeover Marie Antoniette as Sofia Coppola’s second highest grossing film.

UPDATE, Friday PM: Lionsgate’s prequel The Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is taking a look at a Friday between $18.5M-$20M (that features previews) for a gap between $45M-$50M at 3,776 theaters. Some rivals have director Francis Lawrence’s fourth Starvation Video games film between $45M-$47M. The competitors isn’t snarking over the truth that this film may are available in below $50M, sympathetic to the truth that the present market must be graded on a curve for some time as a result of aftermath of the strikes and actors’ forbidden to advertise, but in addition it’s not a nasty consequence for a film that value $100M+.

Apart from critics on Rotten Tomatoes at 59% Rotten, what provides Lionsgate and others hope is that nobody is hating on the prequel like The Marvels after nice exits final night time and a present RT viewers rating of 91%. The field workplace story of Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes will probably be advised after its run over Thanksgiving. The Starvation Video games: Mockingjay Half 2 went on to do round one other $100M after its opening weekend after Black Friday weekend. Songbirds & Snakes has all of the Imax, PLFs, 4DX and premium ticket showtimes.

Booked at 3,870 theaters, Common/DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Band Collectively appears strong with a $8.7M Friday (together with $1.3M previews) and a $28M 3-day and $29.1M whole which incorporates sneak previews. Critics aren’t over the moon at 57% Rotten. No RT viewers rating but.

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Disney/Marvel Studios’ The Marvels at 4,030 is seeing a second Friday of $3.5M and second weekend of $12.25M (-73%) for a working whole by Sunday of $67M.

In fourth place is Tri-Star/Spyglass Media’s Eli Roth horror pic, Thanksgiving with a $4M Friday and $10M 3-day at 3,204 theaters.

Fifth is Common’s 5 Nights at Freddy’s at 2,829 theaters with a fourth Friday of $900K and fourth body of $3.1M, -66%, for a working whole of $132.2M by Sunday. The film can also be obtainable on Peacock.

Exterior the highest 5 is Searchlight’s Subsequent Purpose Wins which is seeing $817K, and a $2.2M very low opening at 2,240 theaters. Opinions had been terrible at 41% Rotten for Taika Waititi’s publish Searchlight pic after his Oscar tailored screenplay win for Jojo Rabbit. The film harkens again to his indie-style of capturing the nuances of real-life folks (suppose his 2016 film The Hunt for the Wilderpeople). It’s neither zany, star-studded anarchistic absurdity ala Jojo Rabbit neither is it Thor, which is making it a problem on the field workplace.

UPDATED EXCLUSIVE, Friday AM: Lionsgate’s Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ Thursday is formally $5.75M.

Comps listed here are spinoffs comparable to Hobbs & Shaw ($5.8M) and The Nun ($5.4M); pics that opened north of $50M+. Final Thursday, The Marvels did $6.6M earlier than sputtering at a $46.1M, the bottom opening ever for a Disney MCU film.

Ignore the critics, as a result of the primary exits for the prequel are excellent. Comscore/Display Engine’s PostTrak reveals 4 1/2 stars and 87% optimistic with a 70% particular advocate. In the meantime, the Rotten Tomatoes viewers rating stands at 90%. True, the trustworthy come out first on Thursday, however that bodes effectively for phrase of mouth, and getting the thrill on the market to others over the vacation week. Mother and father (principally mothers at 76%) gave the film 5 stars/94% and children below 12 are 4 1/2 stars/81%.

Ladies confirmed up final night time to Songbirds & Snakes at 65%, which is a tad greater than Mockingjay 2‘s 60%. The 18-34 turnout was enormous at 75%. Greatest demos in descending order had been ladies below 25 at 36%, adopted by ladies over 25 at 28%, males over 25 at 21% and males below 25 at 14%. Women below 12 confirmed up at 75% with children total saying that the film is a must-see at 94%.

Common is official reporting $1.3M in previews from 3,050 theatres for DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Band Collectively from showtimes that started at 2PM. 5 stars on PostTrak from basic audiences and 4 1/2 stars from mother and father. General viewers was 62% feminine, with 52% over 25, 48% below. DreamWorks Animation’s Unhealthy Guys posted a preview of $1.1M and debuted to $23.95M. That’s one comp.


Tri-Star/Spyglass Media’s Thanksgiving grossed $1M in Thursday previews that started at 7 p.m. from 2,720 places. The film at 86% on Rotten Tomatoes is filmmaker Eli Roth’s best-reviewed movie thus far. PostTrak exits at 73% optimistic and three 1/2 stars are to be anticipated for an R-rated style film that pulled in guys final night time at 60%, 66% between 18-34.  

Searchlight’s Subsequent Purpose Wins from Taika Waititi can also be broad right this moment. The soccer comedy is 78% optimistic and 4 stars with moviegoers on PostTrak.

Remainder of Thursday and the week is as follows:

1.) The Marvels (Dis) 4,030 theaters Thu $1.2M (-31% from Wed), Wk $54.8M/Wk 1

2.) Pricilla (A24) 2,361 theaters Thu $382K (-23%), Wk $6.5M, Complete $14.4M/Wk 3

3.) 5 Nights at Freddys (Uni) 3,694 theaters Thu $355K (-20%) Wk $10.9M, Complete $129.1M/Wk 3

4.) Killers of the Flower Moon (Apple/Par) 3357 theaters Thu $347K (-24%), Wk $6.3M Complete $61.6M/Wk 4

5.) The Holdovers (Foc) 778 theaters Thu $263K (-21%) Wk $4.5M/Complete $5.6M/Wk 3.

EXCLUSIVE, Thursday, 10:21 PM: Lionsgate’s prequel The Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is taking a look at a Thursday night time between $5.75M-$6M after showtimes that started at 3PM.

Once more, these numbers aren’t from the studio and we might see a barely totally different consequence by morning. Whereas some will probably be fast to yell that Marvel Studios’ misfire final weekend, The Marvels, started its weekend journey with a Thursday night time of $6.6M which resulted within the lowest opening ever for a Disney MCU title at $46.1M, be aware that Songbirds & Snakes value half the value of The Marvels‘ $200M at $100M. Moreover, Lionsgate at all times covers their threat on an enormous title with a bulk of international gross sales.

Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler in ‘The Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’


Projections heading into the weekend had been at $50M+ stateside, $100M+ worldwide. We’ll see the place this lands. A part of the uphill battle for the film is that it’s a model new solid sans franchise star Jennifer Lawrence, and one character to crossover from the core franchise, that being Coriolanus Snow. Much like that first film when Lawrence wasn’t a marquee identify, Lionsgate is rolling the cube on the Suzanne Collins model’s relaunch on West Facet Story actress Rachel Zegler as fiery tribute Lucy Grey Baird and even fresher-face, UK actor Tom Blyth enjoying Snow.

Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes‘ preview night time isn’t that removed from Quick & Livid spinoff Hobbs & Shaw‘s $5.8M (7PM showtimes begin) which went on to a $60M opening; this although film was extraordinarily male-leaning to Starvation Video games‘ feminine crowd. One other comp that’s getting used is Amazon/MGM’s Creed III which did $5.4M in its Thursday night time preview and yielded a $58.3M 3-day. Nearer to the feminine demo is Conjuring spinoff The Nun which minted a $5.4M Thursday and $53.8M 3-day with ladies turning out at 49% per CinemaScore over its weekend.

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Notice, Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes was by no means going to publish a preview within the neighborhood of the final Starvation Video games: Mockingjay Half 2 which got here out in November 2015 and did a $16M Thursday night time for the bottom home opening within the Collins franchise of $102.7M. Nor was Songbirds & Snakes sure to emulate Harry Potter 2016 spinoff Incredible Beasts and The place to Discover Them which noticed a Thursday night time of $8.75M and 3-day of $74.4M U.S./Canada. Primarily, Starvation Video games‘ fanbase isn’t as broad as Harry Potter‘s. (Incredible Beasts skewed 55% feminine to Mockingjay 2‘s 60% feminine, with a majority of Potter followers older with 65% over 25 vs. Mockingjay 2‘s 50/50 break up for the below/over 25 crowd).

A part of the problem right here for Lionsgate in getting audiences out to the prequel is that Starvation Video games followers weren’t totally conscious there was a brand new novel by Collins: It was launched in the course of the coronary heart of Covid in Might 2020 solely seeing 500K gross sales in its first week per NPD BookScan when bookstores had been closed. That gross sales determine finally rose to three.5M copies bought.

Whereas critics numbering 112 on Rotten Tomatoes are giving Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes the bottom rating within the franchise at 64% contemporary, the sequence has usually been critic proof, and has held fairly effectively in the course of the vacation season. Mockingjay 2 amassed $198.5M in its first ten days of launch because of the Thanksgiving day stretch.

Social media analytics agency RelishMix says that social media convo on Songbirds & Snakes “is working mixed-leaning-positive with snarky Gen Z and youthful new Millennial followers whistling their praises for the newest entry to the franchise. Many are enamored by the nostalgia the franchise brings again from their childhoods: ’14-year-old me is so joyful, and 25-year-old me is sobbing.’ Others comment, ‘Look, I’ve completely no concept what this ebook is about, however once I noticed that bowing pose, it’s like seeing Katniss once more. This film will heal trauma from my childhood.’”

L to R: John Dory (Eric André), Spruce (Daveed Diggs), Child Department (Justin Timberlake), Floyd (Troye Sivan), and Clay (Child Cudi)


Different preview figures we’ve heard about, however Common hasn’t weighed in on, is DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Band Collectively with round $2M off showtimes that started at 2PM. That threequel is taking a look at a excessive $20M-low $30M begin. The film additionally has the bottom RT rating within the franchise with critics at 62% contemporary. If that preview determine is true, it’s heads and hair above Trolls‘ $900K in Thursday previews, and better than the Tuesday night time previews of Illumination/Common’s Sing at $1.7M.

TriStar and Spyglass Media have Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving horror movie which ought to do within the teenagers in its opening weekend whereas Searchlight’s Taika Waititi comedy Subsequent Purpose Wins is taking a look at single digits. Extra on these within the AM.