‘Hunger Games’ Leads Slow Thanksgiving Box Office With $40 Million 5-Day Total

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Overall holiday totals improve from last year, but remain below $175 million as “Wish” and “Napoleon” get off to slow starts

Rachel Zegler in "The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" (Lionsgate)

The Thanksgiving box office will see improvements from last year’s poor returns, but are still far from pre-pandemic levels as Disney’s “Wish” and Sony/Apple’s “Napoleon” are estimated to open to less than $35 million over five days, allowing Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” to retain the No. 1 spot with an estimated $40 million.

Currently, industry estimates have overall Thanksgiving totals finishing at $173 million, up 29% from the $134 million posted in Thanksgiving 2022. That remains down 34% from the $262 million posted on Thanksgiving weekend 2019. Overall totals for the holiday period topped $200 million every year from 2002


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