Box Office: Disney's ‘Wish’ Fails, ‘Napoleon’ Outperforms, ‘Hunger Games’ Rule Again

Disney's animated film "Wish" falls short at the box office, earning $19.5 million over the traditional weekend and $31.7 million in its first five days, placing it behind "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" and "Napoleon." 

"Wish" was projected to earn $35 million over the weekend and $45-50 million in its first five days, highlighting a disappointing performance compared to Disney's pre-pandemic releases like "Frozen II" and "Coco." 

Disney's 2023 slate, excluding "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," has underperformed, raising concerns as Disney movies are expensive to produce, often around $200 million. 

"Wish" carries a $200 million production budget, and Disney hopes it will gain momentum during the holiday season, similar to the success of "Elemental" this summer. 

Despite its weak start, "Wish" received positive audience feedback with an "A-" CinemaScore, providing a potential boost in the coming weeks. 

Ridley Scott's historical epic "Napoleon" opens in second place with $21 million over the weekend and $32.5 million in its first five days, globally earning $78.8 million. 

Apple's film "Killers of the Flower Moon" and "Napoleon" have high production costs, with concerns about the economic viability of such films in traditional studios, but Apple is less focused on box office profits. 

"The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" retains its top spot, adding $28.8 million over the weekend and $42 million since Wednesday, with a total of $98.3 million in North America and nearly $200 million globally. 

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