The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes' at top of box office

GOSSIP & RUMORS: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ at top of box office

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, according to Deadline.

The Post said the dystopian action 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,” came in second, raking in close to $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 in the No.1 spot last week, fell down to fourth, earning $2.8 million. This made Marvel Cinematic Universe film history as its second-largest second-weekend plunge after this year’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”

“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” had a big first day at the box office.
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“Trolls Band Together” made $9.4 million on its first day.
“Thanksgiving” landed in third, with just over $3.8 million in sales.
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“Next Goal Wins,” which stars Michael Fassbender, took home fifth, with $1.1 million in sales.

The comedy-drama is based on the story of a coach’s efforts to lead the American Samoa national soccer team, one of the world’s worst, to qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

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