The Big Picture

  • Lionsgate's prequel to The Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, is a slow burner at the global box office but has shown impressive resilience.
  • Despite not reaching the commercial success of the original Hunger Games films, the lower-budget prequel has been a win for Lionsgate.
  • The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes has received mixed reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 64%, making it the lowest ranked installment in the franchise, compared to the previous films' ratings ranging from 70% to 90%.