'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' & 'Frozen' Dominate Top-Heavy Thanksgiving Weekend

on November 30, 2013 by Shawn Robbins

Lionsgate reports this morning that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned another $31.25 million on Black Friday, up 110 percent from its Thanksgiving Day haul. That brings the sequel up to a $253.2 million domestic haul through 8 days of release, 33 percent ahead of the pace of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. BoxOffice projects Catching Fire will bring in $74 million for its sophomore weekend as part of a record $109.7 million five-day Thanksgiving window (topping 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone which grossed $82.39 million).

Disney's Frozen increased 142 percent from Thanksgiving Day to $26.86 million on Friday, keeping it significantly ahead of the opening performance of any recent Walt Disney Animation film with $53.5 million bagged in just three days. By comparison, Tangled earned $39.5 million over the same Wednesday-Friday holiday frame in 2010.

Frozen is successfully capturing an audience that has been underserved in recent weeks: families, once again proving that female-leaning films can succeed even in a competitive marketplace. Stellar reviews have been driving buzz for the film, and early word of mouth appears quite strong with 91 percent Flixster users approving of or still anticipating seeing the film. BoxOffice is projecting a $67 million 3-day weekend gross for Frozen, making for a stellar 5-day debut of $93.3 million.

Disney's and Marvel's Thor: The Dark World added $4.45 million to its haul on Friday, a 118 percent increase from Thursday. To date, the sequel has brought in $180.05 million domestically and will surpass the original Thor's final gross ($181.03 million) early on Saturday. Look for The Dark World to post $11.2 million over the 3-day weekend and $15.6 million for the 5-day.

Delivery Man increased 91 percent from Thursday to $2.73 million yesterday. The film's cume so far is $15.25 million. Look for a 3-day weekend of $6.8 million and a 5-day take of $9.5 million.

Open Road Films reports that Homefront accounted for $2.632 million on Friday, marking an 88 percent jump from its second day of release on Thanksgiving. The Jason Statham-James Franco thriller has brought in $5.46 million through its first three days (19 percent less than 2010's pre-Thanksgiving opener from CBS Films, Faster) and is on pace for a $6.6 million 3-day weekend and $9.4 million 5-day start. Word of mouth appears to be on the low end of modest with 70 percent of Flixster users giving their approving vote.

Looking at this weekend's lower profile releases: The Book Thief swiped $1.9 million yesterday, giving it a projected $4.8 million 3-day weekend and $6.4 million 5-day start. Meanwhile, Black Nativity added $1.57 million on Friday as it remains on track for disappointing $3.9 million 3-day and $5.0 million 5-day frames.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris

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

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