B.O. Roundup, December 6-8: 'Frozen' Freezes 'Catching Fire'

Sunday, 08 December 2013 10:32 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, December 6-8: 'Frozen' Freezes 'Catching Fire'

During the record-setting Thanksgiving frame, the latest feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Frozen, made a boatload but still fell behind the commercial juggernaut that is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

This weekend, though, Frozen and Panem's finest managed to switch positions, jumping up to number one.

Bolstered by strong reviews and exceptional word of mouth, the 3D musical earned an estimated $31.6 million from 3,742 locations nationwide.  With that, Frozen brings its domestic total to $134.2 million.  The film, co-directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, is on track to outpace Disney Animation's last two big successes, Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled, which grossed $189.4 million and $200.8 million, respectively.

With a rare A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers and an abundance of holiday imagery, expect Frozen to continue bringing home the bacon between now and Christmas.

In 17 days of nationwide release, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has now brought in a tremendous $336.6 million, an estimated $27.0 million of which was earned over this weekend.  That domestic figure comes from 4,163 theaters Stateside, but the second adventure of Katniss Everdeen is kicking ass abroad, too.  The sequel, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, has also collected $336.7 million from 83 foreign territories.  So it's a rare moment where the domestic and international grosses are pretty much evenly divided.  The worldwide total of $673.3 million, edging past Man of Steel at number five on the worldwide 2013 chart.

Out of the Furnace, the weekend's only new wide release, opened in third place with an estimated $5.3 million from 2,101 locations.  A gritty drama following Christian Bale as a blue-collar guy taking on a vicious criminal ring in a Rust Belt town, the film is the second feature from Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper.  A gritty thriller, Out of the Furnace is decidedly more adult than the films surrounding it in this week's top ten.  Expect strong word of mouth and awards season discussion to keep Relativity Media's unique drama going strong in the weeks to come.

Here, without further ado, are the top ten movies in America for the weekend of December 6th through 8th:

1. Frozen                                                           $31.6 million              $134.2 million

2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire             $27.0 million              $336.6 million

3. Out of the Furnace                                       $5.3 million               $5.32 million

4. Thor: The Dark World                                   $4.7 million              $193.6 million

5. Delivery Man                                                 $3.7 million              $24.7 million

6. Homefront                                                     $3.3 million              $15.2 million

7. The Book Thief                                              $2.7 million              $12.0 million

8. The Best Man Holiday                                   $2.6 million              $67.2 million

9. Philomena                                                      $2.2 million              $8.2 million

10. Dallas Buyers Club                                     $1.4 million              $12.4 million

This Friday, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug brings more Middle Earth bombast to theaters, while Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas provides a seasonal alternative to hobbit-based adventures.

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