It was feast, not famine for “The Hunger Games” prequel.
“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” earned $19.1 million on Friday, its first night in theaters, in accordance with Deadline.
The Post said the dystopian motion film, which is predicted to enjoy a $30-million opening weekend, leaves viewers “hungry for a meatier conclusion.”
“Trolls Band Together” which Deadline praised as a “cute psychedelic pop satire,” got here in second, raking in near $9.4 million.
The animated musical comedy, also in its theatrical debut Friday, features the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, RuPaul and Amy Schumer.
The slasher movie “Thanksgiving,” which also premiered on Friday, landed in third, with just over $3.8 million in sales.
Rolling Stone called it a “lazy horror film that strains to be merely mediocre” and said it “can go stuff itself.”
“The Marvels,” which was within the No.1 spot last week, fell right down to fourth, earning $2.8 million. This made Marvel Cinematic Universe film history as its second-largest second-weekend plunge after this yr’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”
“Next Goal Wins,” which stars Michael Fassbender, took home fifth, with $1.1 million in sales.
The comedy-drama is predicated on the story of a coach’s efforts to steer the American Samoa national soccer team, considered one of the world’s worst, to qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.