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The Hunger Games Catching Fire
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” | Lionsgate

I loved “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and I guess everyone else did, too. The second film in the franchise scored $110 million at the box office, making it the holiday’s best film ever, according to Box Office Mojo. Disney’s lovely family film “Frozen” also scored a record with $93 million, putting it ahead of the $80 million debut of “Toy Store 2” in 1999.

“Catching Fire” shattered the previous record for the Thanksgiving weekend, set by “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” with$82 million in 2001. Its $74.5 million Friday-Sunday total ranks among the best second weekends ever, and the Jennifer Lawrence sequel has already taken in $296 million domestically and $573 million worldwide for Lionsgate.

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The total box office revenue landed at roughly $294 million, which tops last year’s $291 million Thanksgiving record. “Catching Fire” and “Frozen” topped the list, with the Jason Statham-James Franco thriller “Homefront,” the musical “Black Nativity” and Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” lagging far behind.

Open Road’s R-rated “Homefront” brought in a soft $9.7 million over the five days. Fox Searchight’s “Black Nativity” did $3.9 million, and FilmDistrict’s “Oldboy,” an R-rated vengeance tale starring James Brolin, tanked with a dismal $1.2 million.

Monday’s actual numbers could change things, but the three-day total for “Catching Fire” is just behind that of “Avatar” ($75.6 million) and “The Dark Knight” ($75.2 million) for the No. 2 best second weekend ever. The $103 million posted by last summer’s “The Avengers” is tops.

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While “Catching Fire” isn’t in 3D, 18 of its top 20 domestic runs were at Imax theaters, and it brought in $8.6 million from 346 locations overall. It played in 4,163 theaters total.

The “Frozen” audience was 81 percent families, with women making up 57 percent of the crowd. “There is a lot of momentum behind Disney Animation Studios right now, and that’s the foundation upon which the company was built, so to see it acknowledged so spectacularly by the public is really exciting for us,” said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis.

The big opening for “Frozen’ further cements Disney family films as a holiday tradition; the studio owns the top five Thanksgiving openings ever. “You have to a great story and tell it well, and this film did that, as the reviews (84 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes) and the ‘A+’ CinemaScore show,” said Hollis.

“Frozen,” like “The Little Mermaid,” is loosely based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen. In it, fearless optimist Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) teams up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) in an epic journey, encountering a glacial landscape and a comical snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad). They race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee directed the film, produced for $150 million.

About 28 percent of the “Frozen” grosses came from 3D, which is somewhat low. About 80 percent of its 3,742 theaters were 3D. In comparision, Disney’s “Monsters University” scored 24 percent from 3D, and “Wreck-It Ralph” was 29 percent.

Two expanding Oscar hopefuls, “The Book Thief” (a beautifully gloomy film) and “Philomena,” broke into the top ten.

Fox went nationwide with its World War II drama, “The Book Thief,” starring 12-year-old Sophie Nelisse. It brought in $6.4 million from 1,234 theaters for seventh place. The Weinstein Company aggressively expanded its Judi Dench drama “Philomena” from four theaters to 835 locations, putting it in ninth place with $5.6 million.

CBS Films’ geriatric comedy “Last Vegas” was tenth, after taking in $3.8 million over the five days. It’s the company’s highest-grossing film ever, and should hit $60 million domestically early next week.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire LGF $74,500,000 -52.9% 4,163 $17,896 $296,500,000 $130 2
2 22 Frozen (2013) BV $66,713,000 +27,309.9% 3,742 +3,741 $17,828 $93,356,000 $150 2
3 2 Thor: The Dark World BV $11,108,000 -21.8% 3,286 -427 $3,380 $186,712,000 $170 4
4 3 The Best Man Holiday Uni. $8,491,000 -32.0% 1,717 -324 $4,945 $63,414,000 $17 3
5 N Homefront ORF $6,970,000 2,570 $2,712 $9,795,000 $22 1
6 4 Delivery Man BV $6,931,000 -12.8% 3,036 $2,283 $19,453,000 $26 2
7 16 The Book Thief Fox $4,850,000 +695.5% 1,234 +1,164 $3,930 $7,856,000 4
8 N Black Nativity FoxS $3,880,000 1,516 $2,559 $5,000,000 $17.5 1
9 27 Philomena Wein. $3,789,000 +2,850.1% 835 +831 $4,538 $4,754,000 2
10 6 Last Vegas CBS $2,785,000 -36.1% 1,854 -1,072 $1,502 $58,722,000 $28 5
11 8 Gravity WB $2,605,000 -18.9% 1,016 -829 $2,564 $249,747,000 $100 9
12 10 Dallas Buyers Club Focus $2,599,000 -3.3% 696 +30 $3,734 $10,295,000 5
13 9 12 Years a Slave FoxS $2,300,000 -18.8% 1,165 -309 $1,974 $33,143,000 7
14 7 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Par. $1,837,000 -46.5% 1,503 -1,122 $1,222 $98,851,000 $15 6
15 5 Free Birds Rela. $1,815,000 -66.2% 2,287 -784 $794 $53,245,000 $55 5
16 12 Captain Phillips Sony $1,175,000 -35.5% 807 -849 $1,456 $102,756,000 $55 8
17 N Oldboy (2013) FD $850,000 583 $1,458 $1,250,000 $30 1
18 20 Nebraska Par. $728,000 +123.5% 102 +74 $7,137 $1,476,000 $12 3
15 The Christmas Candle ELS $406,000 -51.3% 352 -40 $1,153 $1,632,000 3
14 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Sony $375,000 -56.5% 707 -414 $530 $115,030,000 $78 10
19 Despicable Me 2 Uni. $357,000 +3.9% 271 -24 $1,317 $366,954,000 $76 22
18 All Is Lost RAtt. $197,000 -45.2% 51 -285 $3,863 $5,271,000 7
39 The Great Beauty Jan. $139,000 +165.5% 23 +20 $6,043 $261,000 3
23 Blue Is the Warmest Color IFC $128,000 -30.1% 92 -50 $1,391 $1,623,000 6
21 Enough Said FoxS $126,000 -48.5% 121 -112 $1,041 $17,203,000 11
N Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Wein. $100,300 4 $25,075 $100,300 1
32 Kill Your Darlings SPC $72,300 -27.7% 74 -4 $977 $764,800 7
43 The Armstrong Lie SPC $30,600 -29.0% 37 $827 $193,400 4
42 Blue Jasmine SPC $27,500 -43.2% 33 -10 $833 $32,748,000 19
N The Punk Singer IFC $24,000 3 $8,000 $24,000 1
45 Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? IFC $19,800 -37.7% 6 -27 $3,300 $59,300 2
54 Generation Iron TVC $5,100 -50.0% 1 -1 $5,100 $822,000 11
TOTAL (32 MOVIES): $205,933,600 -9.0% 33,887 -2,471 $6,077  

 

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