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‘Hunger Games’ fends off ‘Napoleon’ invasion at US Thanksgiving box office

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‘Hunger Games’ fends off ‘Napoleon’ invasion at US Thanksgiving box office

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The “Hunger Games” premiere remained atop the North American box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, fending off the onslaught of Ridley Scott’s new film “Napoleon,” industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

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Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” averaged $42 million Wednesday through Sunday — boosted by Thanksgiving moviegoers — and $28.8 million for the regular Friday-Sunday period .

Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, and Peter Dinklage star in this fifth installment of the “Hunger Games” series, which tells the story of the tenth Hunger Games in the dystopian state of Panem.

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In second place was the latest movie hit “Napoleon”, this one from Sony, with ticket sales of $32.5 million for the five-day weekend and $20.4 million for the three days.

Analyst David A. Gross remarked, “This is an excellent start for a period of great events,” pointing out the “dynasty” of director Ridley Scott and the compelling leads, Joaquin Phoenix as the French king and Vanessa Kirby as the Empress Josephine.

The European environment should help the film “play more overseas,” Gross said. But the film had a “huge” production budget of $200 million, he noted, and has drawn lukewarm reviews, with many French critics citing historical inaccuracies.

Disney, meanwhile, didn’t quite get his “Wish” with the release of a lavish animation of the same name. It took in $31.7 million over five days and $19.5 million over three, which Gross said was about half of what similar films have earned in the past.

Exhibitor Relations stated on X, the former Twitter platform, “The battle is genuine for the $200M animates film, and for the Magic Kingdom itself.”

“Wish” marks another lackluster start for Disney, while “The Marvels” recently registered the weakest box office performance ever seen within the studio’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With Chris Pine and Oscar the winner Ariana DeBose providing the voices, “Wish” narrates the tale of King Magnifico, who grants one wish per month from his island kingdom.

In fourth place, down two spots from last weekend, was Universal’s animated musical comedy “Trolls Band Together.” Starring voice actors Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, it sold $25.3 million in five days, and $17.6 million in three.

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And fifth was Sony’s blockbuster “Thanksgiving,” with $11 million in five days and $7.2 million in three. Patrick Dempsey and Addison Rae star.

The top 10 finishers were:

“The Marvels” ($9.2 million over five days; $6.4 million over three)

“The Holdovers” ($3.8 million; $2.8 million)

“Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” ($2.3 million — theaters only Thursday through Sunday)

The game “Five Nights at Freddy’s” had a budget of $2.4 million, but only $1.8 million was actually utilized.

“Saltburn” ($2 million; $1.8 million)