Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continued to dominate the box office on Tuesday with a first place take of $15.96 million. The blockbuster action-adventure sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence was up a strong 30 percent over Monday's performance. It should be noted that Tuesday increases were especially strong in general yesterday due in part to the approaching Thanksgiving holiday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games fell 4 percent on its first Tuesday to take in $10.35 million. With a massive five-day take of $186.36 million, Catching Fire is running 7 percent ahead of the $173.71 million five-day start of The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire registered the seventh largest unadjusted five-day start of all-time and is set to surpass the $200 million domestic milestone today.
Thor: The Dark World placed in a distant second with $1.94 million. The blockbuster superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was up a very healthy 43 percent over Monday and down 29 percent from last Tuesday. Thor: The Dark World has grossed $171.22 million in 19 days, which places the film 15 percent ahead of the $148.33 million 19-day take of 2011's Thor. Thor: The Dark World should experience temporary stabilization over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday frame, especially with this year's non-family Thanksgiving releases not expected to light the box office on fire.
Fellow Disney release Delivery Man was up 49 percent and one spot from Monday to claim third on Tuesday with $1.096 million. While the Vince Vaughn comedy vehicle from DreamWorks had an impressive Tuesday hold, the film continues to perform poorly in the bigger picture. Delivery Man has grossed just $9.78 million in its first five days of release, which is below the film's already modest pre-release expectations and is quite disappointing by Vaughn's previous box office standards.
Universal's The Best Man Holiday was down one spot from Monday to land in fourth with $1.01 million. The successful ensemble comedy was up just 8 percent over Monday, which represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases. The Best Man Holiday was down a sharp 55 percent from last Tuesday, as the film continues to display signs of significant front-loading. With that said, The Best Man Holiday continues to exceed expectations with a twelve-day take of $52.31 million.
Relativity's Free Birds rounded out the day's top five with $0.926 million. The 3D computer animated film was up 33 percent from Monday and up 149 percent from last Tuesday, as it is clearly getting a boost as Thanksgiving approaches. Free Birds surpassed the $50 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed $50.28 million in 26 days.
Last Vegas grossed $0.579 million on Tuesday to place in sixth. In the process, the ensemble comedy from CBS Films became the distributor's highest grossing film to date on Tuesday. Last Vegas has grossed $54.897 million through 26 days of release. The distributor's previous highest grossing film was 2012's The Woman in Black with a total domestic gross of $54.33 million.
Disney's Frozen continued to impress in its exclusive Los Angeles engagement at the El Capitan theatre with a daily take of $51,724. The latest 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation has grossed $342,839 in five days. Frozen opens in wide release today and is widely expected to get off to a strong start over the five-day holiday frame.