Despite “The Hunger Games” enjoying immense success and popularity as a film series, there’s currently a conspicuous absence of excitement or anticipation among the audience for its new installment. While it might seem like the series still holds a firm grip on its viewership, the reality tells a different story. The primary concern revolves around Lionsgate, which has allocated an exorbitant budget for their latest film in the series, ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snacks.’ This is despite Lionsgate traditionally being recognized for producing highly successful films on modest budgets.
Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games 5 Budget Revealed
According to verified industry insiders, Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snacks’ is a big-budget film, and the production budget for the film is $150 million before printing and advertising costs, making it the second most expensive film in the series, after the $160 million budgeted ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.’ Even though the amount may not seem excessive, given the current circumstances, it represents overspending and a risk for the makers in the context of the fifth installment.
Even though the series was quite successful, its biggest credit contribution came from Jennifer Lawrence. But, in the new film, she is not present, and the absence of her star power has significantly dampened the remaining buzz. With this lack of excitement, it is almost impossible to recover such an immense investment, but there is still some hope stemming from the reputation of the series. The concerns of the filmmakers have clearly shifted, prompting questions about whether such a substantial investment could have been better for a more esteemed and renowned cast.
Although the budget numbers are either final or possibly less, in recent times, the industry has been seen hiding these figures due to reputation or fear of failure. It includes films like ‘The Little Mermaid’ with a reported budget of $250 million from $300 million, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ at $200 million, ‘Babylon’ at $80 million, and especially Disney films. However, in the case of Lionsgate, the numbers can be trusted because the production company rarely produces big-budget films.
In our opinion, instead of investing so much money in this project, it could have been allocated to another film. For the sake of the series’ reputation, the production is now forced to invest heavily in marketing without any guarantee of profit. Under the production banners of Color Force and Lionsgate, the sci-fi action drama was produced by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Francis Lawrence. The official theatrical date for the film is November 17, 2023, in the USA — All “TheHunger Games” fans get ready for another action drama.