“The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes” Sold Close To $100 Million Worldwide. Does It Sufficiently Encourage Further “Hunger Games”

“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” a prequel to Suzanne Collins’ immensely popular “The Hunger Games” trilogy, has been making waves in the literary and cinematic worlds, with its box office earnings nearing the impressive $100 million mark globally. The question on everyone’s minds is whether this success is enough to justify the creation of more content within the “Hunger Games” universe.

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Released in 2020, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” takes readers back to the dystopian world of Panem, providing a detailed exploration of the events that led to the establishment of the Hunger Games. The novel primarily follows the character of Coriolanus Snow, who later becomes the infamous President Snow, and his journey as a mentor during the 10th Hunger Games. The book delves into the moral complexities of power, survival, and the consequences of one’s choices in a society marked by inequality and oppression.

“The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes”

The film adaptation of the prequel has mirrored its literary success, earning close to $100 million globally. This achievement is particularly noteworthy given the challenges posed by the global pandemic, which affected the entertainment industry as a whole. The fact that the film has resonated with audiences across the globe speaks to the enduring popularity of the “Hunger Games” franchise and its ability to captivate new generations of fans.

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However, the question of whether this financial success justifies the creation of more “Hunger Games” content is a nuanced one. On the one hand, the impressive box office numbers suggest a continued appetite for stories set in the dystopian world of Panem. Fans of the original trilogy, as well as newcomers drawn to the prequel, have demonstrated a sustained interest in the rich and complex universe created by Suzanne Collins.

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On the other hand, there is a risk of diluting the impact of the franchise by producing additional content solely for financial gain. The “Hunger Games” trilogy, consisting of “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire,” and “Mockingjay,” is widely regarded as a cohesive and impactful narrative that explores themes of resistance, sacrifice, and the consequences of unchecked power. Introducing more stories runs the risk of diminishing the original trilogy’s thematic depth and narrative coherence.

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Moreover, the success of “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” could be attributed in part to the established fan base and the curiosity surrounding the origins of President Snow. Expanding the franchise further may not guarantee the same level of engagement if the storytelling and thematic elements deviate significantly from what made the original trilogy resonate with audiences.


While the success of “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is a testament to the enduring popularity of the “Hunger Games” universe, it should prompt careful consideration about the future of the franchise. Quality storytelling and a commitment to maintaining the thematic integrity of the original trilogy should guide any decision to expand the “Hunger Games” narrative. Ultimately, it’s not just about financial success but about preserving the essence of a beloved and impactful literary and cinematic franchise.

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