'Thor: The Dark World' #1 on Thursday, but Slows as 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Arrives

on November 22, 2013 by Daniel Garris

In what will be its last day at the top of the daily box office, Disney's Thor: The Dark World led the way on Thursday with $1.68 million. The blockbuster Marvel superhero sequel was down 16 percent from Wednesday, as the late night Thursday launch of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire clearly took a toll on the film and the rest of the marketplace in general. In comparison to last Thursday, Thor: The Dark World was down 53 percent. Thor: The Dark World was the week's top film with a weekly take of $45.21 million. That was down 58 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a very healthy $153.72 million. It won't be long before Thor: The Dark World surpasses the $181.03 million final domestic gross of 2011's Thor.

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was off to a strong late night start on Thursday with an estimated $25.25 million from shows that began at 8 p.m. As is commonplace, those grosses are expected to be counted towards Friday's opening day performance. The late night launch of Catching Fire was 28 percent stronger than the $19.74 million late night launch of The Hunger Games last year, though it should be noted that The Hunger Games is at a disadvantage in the comparison from having opened at midnight instead of 8 p.m. With that in mind and from its nature as a sequel, Catching Fire should be more front-loaded in its initial days than The Hunger Games was, but the extent of the additional front-loading remains to be seen. Check back throughout the weekend for further box office updates on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Turning back to Thursday, Universal's The Best Man Holiday held steady in second place with $1.42 million. The modestly budgeted ensemble comedy was down 15 percent from Wednesday. The Best Man Holiday placed in second for the week with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $37.87 million. The film has already surpassed the $34.10 million unadjusted total domestic gross of 1999's The Best Man (which stands at $54.25 million when adjusting for inflation) and is running 12 percent behind the $42.87 million seven-day start of last year's Think Like a Man.

CBS Films' Last Vegas placed in third with $0.62 million. The modestly budgeted ensemble comedy was down a sharp 16 percent from Wednesday, but down a very solid 33 percent from last Thursday. Last Vegas took third for the week with $11.43 million, which was down just 27 percent from the previous week. With a three-week take of $49.53 million, Last Vegas is set to surpass the $50 million mark today.

Tags: Last Vegas, The Best Man Holiday, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World

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