The Hunger Games Prequel Is Set To Dominate November

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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The Hunger Games franchise is gearing up to dominate the global box office in November as Lionsgate prepares to release The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel to Suzanne Collins’ beloved series.

$50 Million Out Of The Gate?

According to Deadline, all signs point to the film being a blockbuster hit with an estimated $50 million starting on November 17.

The film’s projected success stems from Lionsgate sticking to the release schedule for release The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes despite the ongoing actors’ strike.

The move gives the studio a competitive advantage, as Legendary and Warner Bros.’ Dune: Part Two was pulled from the November schedule, allowing Lionsgate to secure more premium large format screens.

64 Years Before The Hunger Games Books

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The highly anticipated Hunger Games prequel is set 64 years before the events of the trilogy, offering fans an exciting new look at the dystopian world of Panem.

While viewers may be accustomed to the fierce and resourceful Katniss Everdeen, this time, the story focuses on an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (portrayed by Tom Blyth) long before he became the tyrannical President of Panem.

Young Coriolanus Snow And Lucy Gray Baird

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes sees a young Coriolanus Snow as the last hope for his fading family’s lineage, struggling to regain their once-proud status in a postwar Capitol.

The story begins as the 10th annual Hunger Games approaches, and Snow is tasked with mentoring Lucy Gray Baird (played by Rachel Zegler), the tribute from the impoverished District 12.

An Unlikely Pairing

However, Lucy Gray’s defiant act of singing during the reaping ceremony catches the attention of all of Panem, making Snow think he might be able to turn the odds in their favor.

The Hunger Games prequel promises a thrilling ride as Snow and Lucy join forces, using their flare for showmanship and newfound political acumen to survive while figuring out who is a songbird and who is a snake.

The Hunger Games Prequel Has A Stacked Cast

In addition to Blyth and Zegler, the film features a star-studded cast that includes Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andres Rivera, Jason Schwartzman, and Viola Davis.

While the Hunger Games franchise has always had a strong female fan base, the prequel has piqued the interest of a broader audience, making it a truly inclusive experience for viewers in most demographics.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snake Soundtrack

The Hunger Games franchise has always been a juggernaut, having earned over $3 billion worldwide through four movies.

But the release of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snake’s soundtrack, timed to coincide with the theatrical premiere, is sure to give it a boost. Geffen Records already released “The Hanging Tree” on October 20.

Originally Performed By Jennifer Lawrence

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The song holds a special place in the hearts of Hunger Games fans. Originally performed by Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the tune will now be heard in a new context, providing a fresh perspective on a beloved piece of the franchise’s history.

With the overwhelming engagement generated by the Netflix Rewatch Campaign in March 2023, as well as the significant growth in The Hunger Games’ social media following, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is poised to capture the hearts of old and new fans.