Thanksgiving saw the 'Hunger Games' prequel and 'Napoleon' dominate the box office, while 'Wish' experienced a stumble. 

Wish, Disney Animation's musical original event picture, was predicted to win the packed holiday race as it entered the lengthy holiday corridor. 

Rather, in yet another setback for Disney, it finished third, trailing only The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes and Napoleon.

While up a solid 40% or more from the previous year, the Thanksgiving box office for 2023 was still under pre-pandemic levels overall (revenue was down 34% from 2019).

With an estimated $42 million for the Wednesday to Sunday region, including $28.8 million for the weekend, the Hunger Games prequel easily topped the domestic list. 

After earning an additional $26.2 million overseas, the film, which debuted the weekend before Thanksgiving, concluded Sunday with a home total of about $100 million and a global total of $197.3 million.

Surprisingly, elder men played a major role in the new historical epic Napoleon by Ridley Scott, which surpassed Wish to Come at No. 2. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, the historical epic opened with an estimated $32.5 million over the course of five days, 

including $20.4 million on the weekend. Napoleon fared better than anticipated for an adult drama, marking a victory for Apple's theatrical aspirations. 

Its performance is even more remarkable in light of the mediocre reviews and B- CinemaScore it earned from viewers.

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