B.O. Roundup, Thanksgiving Edition: 'Hunger Games' & 'Frozen' Take the Turkey

Sunday, 01 December 2013 08:33 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, Thanksgiving Edition: 'Hunger Games' & 'Frozen' Take the Turkey

Between forkloads of turkey, spoonfuls of mashed potatoes, and obscene discount shopping, America took to the multiplex this weekend, propelling both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Disney's Frozen to break longstanding holiday records.

Thanks largely to these two blockbusters, Thanksgiving 2013 turned out to be the biggest Turkey Day frame in history.

Over the weekend proper, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned an estimated $74.5 million from 4,163 theaters across the nation, repeating last weekend's number one showing.  Over the full five-day holiday break, the dystopian sci-fi sequel hauled in an estimated $110.1 million, easily, surpassing the record $82 million record set by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone back in 2001. 

Thanks to exceptional word of mouth, the second adventure of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen has now grossed a whopping $296.5 million over ten days.  It's also no less of a sensation around the world, and thanks to robust international turnout, Catching Fire's global total now stands at $573.0 million.

Frozen, the latest feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, rode a strong critical reception to success.  The musical continued the animated hot streak that began with Tangled and continued through Wreck-It Ralph, hauling in an estimated $66.7 million over the weekend proper.  Frozen drew an estimated $93 million over the Thanksgiving break, meaning that it also zipped by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, settling in at the number two spot on the all-time Thanksgiving list.

While Catching Fire and Frozen propped up the whole marketplace, two new wide releases proved more of a mixed bag.  Homefront, an actioner pitting Jason Statham against James Franco in script by Sylvester Stallone, earned $6.9 million from 2,570 locations for a holiday showing of $9.7 million, according to estimates. The Book Thief, based on the much-loved novel by Markus Zusak, expanded from 70 to 1,234 theaters, and in the process brought its domestic total to $7.8 million at number seven.

Black Nativity, based on the musical play by Langston Hughes, meanwhile, cracked the top ten at number eight, earning an estimated $3.8 million over the weekend and $5.0 million total over the holiday frame.  The British drama Philomena, which stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, made it to number nine despite playing in just 835 theaters.

Spike Lee's Oldboy remake starring Josh Brolin, meanwhile, opened in 583 locations.  From those, it grossed just $850,000 over the weekend, which doesn't bode too well for its expansion.

Here are the top ten movies in America for the weekend of November 29th through December 1st:

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire                 $74.5 million              $296.5 million

2. Frozen                                                              $66.7 million              $93.0 million

3. Thor: The Dark World                                     $15.4 million              $186.7 million

4. The Best Man Holiday                                    $8.4 million               $63.4 million

5. Homefront                                                       $6.9 million              $9.7 million

6. Delivery Man                                                   $6.9 million              $19.4 million

7. The Book Thief                                               $4.8 million              $7.8 million

8. Black Nativity                                                  $3.8 million              $5.0 million

9. Philomena                                                       $3.7 million              $4.7 million

10. 12 Years a Slave                                           $3.0 million              $33.1 million

The coming week sees Relativity Media's all-star drama Out of the Furnace taking theaters by storm, with Inside Llewyn Davis, Commitment, Swerve, and Khumba all opening in limited release.

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