A prequel to “The Starvation Video games” that does not star Jennifer Lawrence was all the time going to have considerably muted potential on the field workplace. It is also been a very long time since these films have been on the peak of their cultural relevance. The studio in all probability did not make”Songbirds and Snakes” assuming that they have been going to get one other $700 to $800 million world hit. They’ll nonetheless, in all chance, have a strong return if all goes nicely. It is nearly managing expectations.

If we assume the movie does open to round $50 million, that might put it in the identical ballpark as films like “Uncharted” ($44 million opening/$407 million worldwide) or “Shazam!” ($53 million opening/$367 million worldwide). If “Songbirds and Snakes” can do anyplace close to that stage of enterprise, Lionsgate can depend this as a win, particularly since it can in all probability deliver renewed consideration to the unique quartet of movies, which earned a mixed $2.95 billion worldwide between 2012 and 2015. It stays Lionsgate’s greatest franchise thus far — and it is frankly not even shut.

Francis Lawrence returns to the director’s chair for the prequel, having helmed the prior three entries within the collection. The prequel facilities on an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who’s the final hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud household that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the tenth annual Starvation Video games quick approaching, the younger Snow is assigned to mentor Lucy Grey Baird, a tribute from impoverished District 12. Tom Blyth (“The Gilded Age”) and Rachel Zegler (“West Aspect Story”) lead the forged.

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