In a weekend that seems to put a pause on matters, one of the those two solid hits will emerge the champion. If it is "Catching Fire," that would be three weeks at the top. If 'Frozen" breaks through, it means it would go from two to one.
Then, the world awaits more from those Hobbits.
The only film that does get released relatively wide is "Out of the Furnace" starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck , Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson and Forest Whitaker. It is a familiar tale of one brother trying to save the other, with twists along the way.
This weekend sees a wide variety of films that get limited releases and/or go wider, but not wide enough to garner high expectations. The only way they will is by doing fantastic per screen averages and generate award season buzz.
1. "Out of the Furnace" - 2,101 theaters (released Dec. 4)
2. "Inside Llweyn Davis" - 4 theaters
It is "Inside Llweyn Davis" that is generating that buzz and even grabbing the top prize from the Gotham Awards. The Coen brothers takes viewers on a journey back to the 1961 New York folk music scene. More importantly, into the life of one particular folk singer, Llweyn Davis. It stars Oscar Isaac as Llewyn Davis, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and F Murray.
A few others making the rounds this weekend are "S#x Acts," about a teen willing to let herself be filmed during acts in order to gain popularity. "Paradise: Hope" is the last of a trilogy which included "Paradise: Love" and "Paradise: Faith." The "Adventures of a Penguin King" follows this animal on a journey and is narrated by Tim Allen. Perhaps this will be the "jumping of the shark" for penguin flicks.
All in all, it is a time for the last batch award season hopefuls to make their mark. Either now and is slow release, or hit it wide on Christmas Day, when a slew of possible contenders come out.