‘Snow White’ Star Rachel Zegler Faces Mediocre Reviews and Box Office Performance

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Rachel Zegler’s name has been in the news circuit for most of this summer due to her involvement in several major Hollywood film projects. Despite being relatively new to the film acting world, Rachel managed to secure a few major film roles following her success as Maria in Westside Story. Two of her upcoming projects include Lucy Gray in The Hunger Games: Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes and the titular role in Snow White. 

This summer, Rachel drummed up quite a lot of controversy for her comments on the upcoming Snow White film. Many fans perceived her direction of the character to be disrespectful to the source material. After lots of controversy, many fans wonder what the future of Rachel’s career will be. Now that The Hunger Games: Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes has premiered in theatres worldwide, fans are beginning to get an idea of what kind of pull she has at the box office.

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New ‘Hunger Games’ Arrives in Theaters

The Hunger Games: Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes took off to a rather lukewarm start, earning only a mediocre $19.2M in its domestic opening day at the box office. This debut performance drew mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, leaving some questioning how it held up against the immense success of the original Hunger Games franchise. While the film generated significant buzz prior to its release, with fans eager to delve back into the dystopian world created by Suzanne Collins, the numbers fell short of exceeding expectations.

Despite the initial disappointment, it’s important to note that box office numbers often only tell part of the story. The success of a film is not solely determined by its opening day performance but rather by its overall impact and longevity. In the case of The Hunger Games: Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes, there might be more to explore beyond the surface-level numbers. Still, it is evident that this new story will not top the original films, which all surpassed $100 million in their debut.

As with any installment in a beloved franchise, opinions on The Hunger Games: Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes will undoubtedly vary. Some may find it a worthy addition that sheds new light on the characters and themes of the Hunger Games world, while others may feel it falls short of the original’s compelling narrative and emotional resonance. Early reviews for the film rate it as a 61% on the Tomatometer, not quite enough to compel audiences.

Will Rachel Zegler Bring Audiences to the Theatre?

As this film’s opening weekend plays out, only time will tell if Rachel Zegler has what it takes to lead a major franchise. Hopefully, she will be able to prove herself as a selling point so Disney is able to count on some decent revenue when Snow White comes to theatres.

In The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, readers are taken back to the post-war Capitol, where they witness the rise of a young Coriolanus Snow. Set long before Katniss Everdeen became the symbol of rebellion, this prequel explores the origins of the Hunger Games and delves deep into the complex character of President Snow.

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The story focuses on the 10th annual Hunger Games, a precursor to the brutal and televised event that later becomes the heart of Suzanne Collins’s dystopian trilogy. As Snow mentors District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird, he navigates the treacherous world of the Capitol, where political savvy and manipulation reign supreme. The film is playing in theatres worldwide now!

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.