The odds were no longer in "Catching Fire's" favor as "Frozen" dethroned "The Hunger Games" sequel in its second week in theaters. While "Catching Fire" may no longer be the box-office champion, it is close to surpassing the $691 million earned worldwide by "The Hunger Games" in 2012.
"Frozen" could not knock "Catching Fire" from the top of the box office in its debut over the Thanksgiving holiday but earned $31.6 million in its second weekend, enough for first place. "Catching Fire" earned an estimated $27 million in its third weekend at the box office. To date, the movie, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, has earned about $336.7 million domestically and overseas for a global total of $673.4 million, reports Box Office Mojo."The Hunger Games" earned $408 million domestically and $283.3 million at the foreign box office, and the sequel should surpass that number by the end of its theatrical run.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that "Frozen" earned an additional $30.6 million in 23 foreign markets for a global total of $190.2 million. "Frozen" is a big hit with audiences, earning an A+ CinemaScore, and critics, earning a 88 percent "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The only wide release for the weekend was "Out of the Furnace," starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. While the movie opened in 2,000 fewer theaters than "Catching Fire" and "Frozen," but it also failed to find an audience, earning only $5.3 million. While debuting in third place, "Out of the Furnace" did not connect with moviegoers, earning a C+ CinemaScore, and THR notes it is the lowest debut for any Bale movie opening in 2,000 or more theaters. "Thor: The Dark World" finished in fourth place ($4.7 million) and "Delivery Man" finished in fifth place ($3.8 million).
"Frozen" should continue to play well, serving as a family alternative to other wide releases, but it, along with "Catching Fire," is expected to get knocked off the top of the heap by "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug." "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" should also play well with audiences.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.