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'Frozen' cools off 'Catching Fire' to top weekend box office

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Disney’s animated 3D comedy adventure ‘Frozen’ cooled off ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and topped the domestic weekend box office, according to industry figures released Monday.

After finishing a strong second over Thanksgiving weekend, ‘Frozen’ climbed to No. 1 with $31.6 million in ticket sales during the first full weekend of December, pushing its total to $134.2 million since opening in limited release Nov. 22.

After two weekends in the top spot, ‘Catching Fire’ slipped to No. 2 in its third weekend, earning $26.1 million for a total of $335.8 million since opening Nov. 22.

R-rated crime thriller Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson debuted in a distant third place with $5.2 million.

‘Thor: The Dark World’ dipped one spot to No. 4 in its fifth weekend, earning $4.8 million for a total of $193.7 million since opening Nov. 8.

Vince Vaughn comedy ‘Delivery Man’ rounded out the top five in its third weekend, earning $3.7 million for a total of $24.7 million since opening Nov. 22.

FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES

  • Bilbo Baggins continues his adventure in fantasy epic ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
  • The elderly but sassy Madea visits a rural town in holiday-themed dramedy ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES

  • The crew reunites to stop a criminal organization of mercenary drivers in action crime thriller ‘Fast & Furious 6’ starring Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson. Rated PG-13.
  • While adjusting to family life, former villain Gru is recruited to help the Anti-Villain League in animated adventure comedy ‘Despicable Me 2. Rated PG.
  • The best break-dancing crews from around the world compete in ‘Battle of the Year.’ Rated PG-13.

BOX OFFICE NOTES

  • ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is the third film of 2013 to gross more than $300 million in ticket sales, which is the same number the record-breaking 2012 had at the same time last year.
  • ‘Frozen’ is the 30th film of 2013 to gross more than $100 million in ticket sales, which is six more than 2012 had at the same time last year. 2012 ended with 31 films hitting $100 million.
  • Films in 2013 have grossed more than $10 billion in ticket sales through Dec. 8 and continue to close in on the record-breaking $10.8 billion mark set in 2012.
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