Breaking News Bar
updated: 12/2/2013 12:01 AM

'Catching Fire,' 'Frozen' break box office records

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • This image released by Disney shows, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." The animated musical opened with $67 million over the Thanksgiving weekend making it the biggest opening on the holiday ever -- beating out "Harry Potter and the Scorcer's Stone."

      This image released by Disney shows, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." The animated musical opened with $67 million over the Thanksgiving weekend making it the biggest opening on the holiday ever -- beating out "Harry Potter and the Scorcer's Stone."
    Associated Press

  • This image released by Lionsgate shows Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, left, and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." The movie hauled in $75 million in its second weekend of release.

      This image released by Lionsgate shows Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, left, and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." The movie hauled in $75 million in its second weekend of release.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and 3-D animated musical "Frozen" dished up box office records over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Lionsgate's sequel earned a prodigious $75 million in its second weekend, while Disney's frosty fete opened with $67 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Both films bested the previous Thanksgiving record holder, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which earned $57.5 million in 2001 over a three-day period.

Snowballing its way to the top, "Frozen" became the biggest Thanksgiving opening ever and the largest opening for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

"For a company whose foundation was built on animation, to have this as the biggest opening ever is a pretty extraordinary thing," said Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution at Walt Disney Studios, adding that the box office draw of "Frozen" exceeded studio expectations.

"We came into the weekend feeling like anything that would exceed the result from `Tangled' from a couple years back would be great," Hollis added. "Tangled" opened with $68.7 million in 2010. "We thought something in the $70-$80 million range is what might be possible with `Frozen.' We are hoping it lends itself to a big, long payoff after this great start."

The films topped records for the highest domestic box office grosses for the three-day and five-day holiday weekend. "Catching Fire" blazed the trail to No. 1 and "Frozen" slid in at No. 2.

"Catching Fire" earned the biggest-ever gross for a film from Wednesday to Sunday over the Thanksgiving holiday. It brought in $110.2 million, raising its domestic total to $297 million. "Frozen" scored $93 million over the five days, topping Disney's previous five-day champ, "Toy Story 2," which earned $80.1 million in 1999.

"All of these records being broken, it's like a true snowball effect," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "Overall, this is the biggest Thanksgiving weekend for the industry ever. Last year was the Thanksgiving record holder, but this one-two punch with `Catching Fire' and `Frozen' was just amazing."

Internationally, "Catching Fire" continued to bring the heat, earning a total of $276 million through Sunday. Opening No. 1 in France, Italy and Belgium, the sequel exceeded the opening weekend of "The Hunger Games" in all three markets. Overall, the sequel has grossed $573 million worldwide.

After dominating the box office during its first two weeks in theaters, Disney's "Thor: The Dark World" dropped to No. 2 last weekend and was knocked down one more spot to No. 3 this weekend, earning $11.1 million. Globally, it continues to keep Disney on the map with a total of $591.1 million.

Maintaining a healthy position at the box office, Universal's romantic comedy "The Best Man Holiday" held the fourth slot with $8.5 million, while thriller "Homefront," starring Jason Statham and James Franco, opened in the No. 5 slot with $7 million.

Also debuting over the holiday, Fox Searchlight's "Black Nativity" landed in the top 10 with $3.9 million, while The Weinstein Co.'s "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba, saw a solid launch, earning $100,306 despite playing in just four theaters.

Opening with $850,000, Spike Lee's "Oldboy" failed to make an impressive impact at the box office.

------

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1."The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $75 million ($92.5 million international).

2."Frozen," $67 million ($16.7 million international).

3."Thor: The Dark World," $11.1 million ($12.2 million international).

4."The Best Man Holiday," $8.5 million.

5."Homefront," $7 million ($1.2 million international).

6."Delivery Man," $6.9 million.

7."The Book Thief," $4.9 million.

8."Black Nativity," $3.9 million.

9."Philomena," $3.8 million.

10."Last Vegas," $2.8 million ($2.2 million international).

------

Estimated weekend ticket sales Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1."The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $92.5 million.

2."Gravity," $25.4 million.

3."Frozen," $16.7 million.

4."Thor: The Dark World," $12.2 million.

5."The Cartel War," $11.5 million.

6."Captain Phillips," $6.8 million.

7."The Counselor," $5.8 million.

8."Fack Ju Gohte," $5.75 million.

9."Bullett Raja," $5.5 million.

10."Carrie," $3.6 million.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.