"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has secured its place atop the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend. And while "Catching Fire" continued to impress in its second week, Disney's "Frozen" was a huge hit with families.
"Catching Fire" earned $110.2 million over the five days around Thanksgiving, notes the Hollywood Reporter. That's the biggest Thanksgiving haul ever, besting the $82.4 million earned by "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in 2001. "Catching Fire" also had the biggest November opening of all time. To date, "The Hunger Games" sequel has earned $296.5 million domestically, Box Office Mojo reports. Overseas, "Catching Fire" is playing better than the first movie, earning $276.5 million for a worldwide total of $573 million. In 2011 "The Hunger Games" earned $408 million domestically and $283.2 million overseas.
No wide releases are scheduled next week, which should lead to more big numbers for "Catching Fire" and "Frozen." "Out of the Furnace," starring Christian Bale, gets a modest rollout and debuts in 2,000 theaters but that's less than half of the theaters "Catching Fire" and "Frozen" debuted in. On Dec. 13, "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" and "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" are getting wide releases; Box Office Mojo expects "The Hobbit" sequel to be the big winner in its debut and the second-biggest movie of the holidays, just behind "Catching Fire."
"Frozen" earned $93 million over five days, and it is now the biggest Thanksgiving debut ever, having bested the $80.1 million earned by "Toy Story 2" in 1999. Disney's new family movie played incredibly well with audiences, earning an A+ CinemaScore, and with critics, as Rotten Tomatoes points out. The movie is bound to be a big winner for Disney and should continue to do well at theaters considering there are no other family films until the Dec. 20, when "Walking With Dinosaurs" opens.
"Thor: The Dark World" is still a box office hit, earning $15.5 million during the Thanksgiving weekend and finishing in third place. The second "Thor" film earned $186.7 million domestically and $404.4 million overseas for a worldwide gross of $591.1 million, surpassing the worldwide total of $449.3 million that the first "Thor" movie earned in 2011.
"The Best Man Holiday" finished in fourth place, earning $11.1 million, and "Delivery Man" finished the weekend in fifth place, earning $9.8 million. As for other new releases, Spike Lee's remake of "Old Boy" failed to impress in its limited debut, earning $1.2 million in 583 theaters, while "Philomena" snagged $4.6 million in 853 theaters, good enough for sixth place.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.