"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.