'Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' Both Remain Strong on Thanksgiving Day

on November 29, 2013 by Daniel Garris
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Please note that because of the Thanksgiving holiday today's grosses are currently estimates. Actuals for Thursday (and Wednesday) will be reported on Monday.

Boxoffice.com's 3-Day (Fri-Sun) and 5-Day (Wed-Sun) projections based on Wed/Thu estimates:

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: $70.3M (3-day) / $106.0M (5-day)
Frozen: $63.7M (3-day) / $90.0M (5-day)
Thor: The Dark World: $11.0M (3-day) / $15.4M (5-day)
Delivery Man: $6.8M (3-day) / $9.5M (5-day)
The Best Man Holiday: $6.5M (3-day) / $9.1M (5-day)
Homefront: $6.2M (3-day) / $9.1M (5-day)
The Book Thief: $4.2M (3-day) / $5.8M (5-day)
Black Nativity: $2.9M (3-day) / $4.0M (5-day)
Last Vegas: $2.8M (3-day) / $3.8M (5-day)
Gravity: $2.7M (3-day) / $3.7M (5-day)
Philomena: $2.5M (3-day) / $3.3M (5-day)

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Disney's Frozen both continued to impress on Thanksgiving Day. Both films held up relatively well on Thursday for films of their size on Thanksgiving and both films are still on pace to top the current all-time unadjusted five-day Thanksgiving weekend record of $82.39 million set way back in 2001 by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was down 28 percent from Wednesday to gross an estimated $14.9 million on Thursday. That represented the largest unadjusted Thanksgiving Day gross of all-time (topping the $13.14 million take of 1999's Toy Story 2) and places the film's Wednesday and Thursday total at $35.7 million (Wednesday's estimate has been revised slightly upwards to $20.8 million). Catching Fire has grossed a massive $225.06 million in its first week of release. That represents the sixth largest seven-day total of all time and was 17 percent stronger than the $189.93 million seven-day start of last year's The Hunger Games. Based on grosses for Wednesday and Thursday, BoxOffice is currently projecting respective three-day (Friday through Sunday) and five-day grosses of $70.3 million and $106.0 million for Catching Fire.

Frozen was down a similar 27 percent from Wednesday to gross an estimated $11.09 million on Thursday. The latest computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation has grossed a stronger than expected $26.3 million on Wednesday and Thursday. That is 32 percent stronger than the $19.94 million two-day start of 2010's Tangled (which fell 32 percent on Thanksgiving Day to gross $8.07 million). BoxOffice is currently projecting respective three-day and five-day takes of $63.7 million and $90.0 million for Frozen.

Fellow Disney release Thor: The Dark World held steady in a distant third place with an estimated $2.04 million. That represented a 13 percent decline from Wednesday's performance. Thor: The Dark World has grossed $175.60 million through three weeks of release. The superhero sequel from Marvel is currently on pace for respective three-day and five-day holiday grosses of $11.0 million and $15.4 million.

Grosses for the weekend's lower profile major releases remained soft on Thanksgiving Day. Open Road's Homefront was up 2 percent over Wednesday to gross an estimated $1.43 million, Fox's The Book Thief was up 14 percent to gross $0.825 million and The Weinstein Company's Philomena was up 15 percent to gross $0.434 million. Meanwhile, Fox Seachlight's Black Nativity was up a sizable 55 percent over Wednesday, but the film's Thursday take of $0.680 million was still quite disappointing.

Based on grosses for Wednesday and Thursday, BoxOffice is currently projecting respective five-day hauls of $9.1 million for Homefront, $5.8 million for The Book Thief, $4.0 million for Black Nativity and $3.3 million for Philomena.

Tags: Philomena, Black Nativity, The Book Thief, Homefront, Thor: The Dark World, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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