The Hunger Games: Catching Fire led the way on Thursday with $1.81 million. Lionsgate's blockbuster sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 2 percent from Wednesday and down a solid 38 percent from last Thursday. Catching Fire took second place for the week with a weekly take of $34.17 million. That was down 61 percent from the previous frame and places the film's three-week total at a massive $343.83 million. Catching Fire is currently running 9 percent ahead of the $315.57 million 21-day take of last year's The Hunger Games.
Disney's Frozen held steady in a close second place with $1.72 million. The 3D computer animated blockbuster from Walt Disney Animation trailed Catching Fire by a slim $93,831 for the day. Frozen was essentially unchanged from Wednesday and down a very healthy 8 percent from last Thursday. Frozen was the week's top film with $39.57 million for the frame. That was down 48 percent from the previous week and brings the film's domestic total to $142.20 million after 16 days of wide release. Frozen is currently running 41 percent ahead of the $101.06 million 16-day take of 2010's Tangled.
Turning towards this weekend, Warner's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was off to a solid, but not spectacular estimated midnight launch of $8.8 million last night. That was noticeably below the $13.0 million midnight launch of last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but was a bit stronger than the recent $7.1 million late night launch of Thor: The Dark World (which also had the added advantage of opening at 8 p.m.). Check back throughout the weekend for further box office updates on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Turning back to Thursday, Disney's Thor: The Dark World placed in third with $0.41 million. Marvel's blockbuster superhero sequel was up 1 percent over Wednesday and down 20 percent from last Thursday. With a five-week take of $195.43 million, Thor: The Dark World is currently just $4.57 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.