‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ won a record-breaking Thanksgiving showdown with Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and topped the domestic box office for the second straight weekend, according to industry figures released Monday.
‘Catching Fire,’ the sequel based on the Suzanne Collins novel, sold $74.1 million in tickets from Friday to Sunday for a total of $296.2 million since opening Nov. 22. The original ‘Hunger Games’ film in 2012 earned $248.4 million after two weekends on the way to a final tally of $408 million.
Animated 3D comedy adventure ‘Frozen’ finished with a cool $67.3 million over the weekend, pushing its total to $93.9 million since opening in limited release Nov. 22.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ slipped one spot to No. 3 in its fourth weekend, earning $11 million for a total of $186.7 since opening Nov. 8.
Comedy ‘The Best Man Holiday’ dropped one spot to No. 4 in its third weekend, earning $8.1 million for a total of $63 million since opening Nov. 15.
Action crime thriller ‘Homefront’ starring Jason Statham and James Franco opened at No. 5 with $6.9 million over the weekend for a total of $9.7 million since opening Wednesday.
BOX OFFICE NOTES
- ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is the 10th film of 2013 to gross more than $200 million in ticket sales, which is the same number that the record-breaking 2012 had at the same point last year.
- ‘Catching Fire’ shattered the five-day Thanksgiving weekend record with $110.1 million from Wednesday through Sunday, according to movie tracking site Box Office Mojo. The previous record-holder, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone,’ earned $82.4 million in 2001. 'Frozen' also topped Harry Potter with $93.5 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend.
- With $296.2 million in ticket sales so far, ‘Catching Fire’ surpassed ‘Man of Steel’ to become the third highest-grossing movie of 2013. ‘Iron Man 3’ ($409.1 million) and ‘Despicable Me 2’ ($366.9 million) are still the top two.
- With $9.9 billion in domestic ticket sales through Dec. 1, the year 2013 is less than $1 billion from breaking the 2012 record of $10.8 billion.
FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASE
- A man takes justice into his own hands following the disappearance of his younger brother in R-rated crime thriller 'Out of the Furnace' starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck. Watch the official trailer here.
TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES
- Modern-day warriors join forces to protect humans from evil in urban fantasy drama ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,’ a film based on the young adult novel by Cassandra Clare. Rated PG-13.
- Smurfs and humans team up to rescue Smurfette from Gargamel in animated family comedy ‘The Smurfs 2.’ Rated PG.
- The Marvel hero Wolverine is summoned to Japan where he faces his nemesis in ‘The Wolverine’ starring Hugh Jackman. Rated PG-13.