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Weekend box office: 'Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' lead busy holiday weekend

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This Thanksgiving weekend was a huge one at the box office, with two films in particular finding great success. One of those films was “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which blew away the competition last weekend with its over $160 million debut. This weekend, “Catching Fire” made $74.5 million Friday-Sunday; even though that’s a big dropoff from last weekend, its still massive, especially considering the many new movies competing with it. And it was still enough to keep the thriller at the top of the box office one more.

The other film is “Frozen”, Disney’s newest animated feature about two princesses, one of whom can create ice and snow. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the film harkens back to classic Disney fairytales, and that, along with strong marketing, helped the film debut with $66.7 million—and that isn’t even including Wednesday and Thursday, since the movie opened early in the week. Looking at the five day estimates, “Frozen” had a stronger debut than Disney’s last two films, “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph”, both of which turned out to be very popular with audiences, giving it one of the highest debuts ever for an animated Disney movie.

The weekend’s other two movies did not fare as well, with the thriller “Homefront” opening in fifth with $6.9 million and the musical drama “Black Nativity”, despite its timeliness for the holidays, debuted in eighth with only $3.8 million.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Earnings reflect the three-day weekend, Friday through Sunday. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: $74.5 million

2. “Frozen”: $66.7 million

3. “Thor: The Dark World”: $11.1 million

4. “The Best Man Holiday”: $8.4 million

5. “Homefront”: $6.97 million

6. “Delivery Man”: $6.93 million

7. “The Book Thief”: $4.8 million

8. “Black Nativity”: $3.8 million

9. “Philomena”: $3.7 million

10. “Last Vegas”: $2.7 million

11. “Gravity”: $2.6 million

12. “Dallas Buyers Club”: $2.59 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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