'Frozen' Moves Into First Place with $31.6 Million; 'Catching Fire' Falls to Second with $26.2 Million

on December 09, 2013 by Daniel Garris

In its second weekend of wide release, Disney's Frozen moved into first place with $31.62 million. With the 3D computer animated blockbuster from Walt Disney Animation moving ahead of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in the weekend rankings, this weekend played out similarly to the post-Thanksgiving weekend frame back in 2010 when Tangled moved ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in the rankings (albeit with significantly higher grosses this time around). Frozen fell a solid 53 percent from last weekend's three-day frame and continues to exceed its already lofty expectations with $134.25 million after twelve days of wide release. That places Frozen 39 percent ahead of the $96.57 million twelve-day start of Tangled, which fell 56 percent in its second weekend to gross $21.61 million. With strong word of mouth and a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences in December, Frozen is likely to hold up very well going forward.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell to second place with $26.19 million this weekend. Lionsgate's blockbuster sequel was down a hefty 65 percent fall from last weekend, which was understandable given the film's record breaking performance over Thanksgiving weekend. In comparison, Deathly Hallows: Part 1 fell 65 percent the weekend after Thanksgiving weekend to gross $17.02 million. With a 17-day start of $335.85 million, Catching Fire is running 37 percent ahead of the $244.52 million 17-day take of Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 11 percent ahead of the $302.45 million 17-day gross of last year's The Hunger Games (which fell 43 percent in its third weekend to gross $33.11 million). It will be interesting to see whether or not Catching Fire is able to stabilize this coming weekend with the arrival of Warner's anticipated The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the marketplace on Friday.

Relativity's Out of the Furnace debuted in third place with a soft $5.22 million. Despite a strong ensemble cast headlined by Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson, moviegoers simply weren't interested in the film. The weekend after Thanksgiving weekend is a notoriously tough frame to open new films, as audiences typically need a break after Thanksgiving weekend and before Christmas season releases enter the marketplace. Out of the Furnace opened 23 percent softer than the the $6.81 million start of last year's Killing Them Softly. While Out of the Furnace may hold up a bit better than Killing Them Softly did, it likely won't hold up all that well going forward given the amount of new competition for adult moviegoers entering the marketplace throughout the rest of December and the lackluster C+ rating it received on CinemaScore.

Disney's Thor: The Dark World placed in fourth with $4.81 million. Marvel's blockbuster superhero sequel was down 57 percent from last weekend. With a 31-day take of $193.71 million, Thor: The Dark World is running 14.5 percent ahead of the $169.12 million 31-day gross of 2011's Thor and is currently $6.29 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.

On the platform front, CBS Films' Inside Llewyn Davis was off to a very impressive start this weekend with $405,411 from just 4 locations. That gave the awards season hopeful from The Coen Brothers a massive per-location average of $101,353 for the frame. Inside Llewyn Davis easily delivered the largest per-location average ever for a Coen Brothers film in platform release and opened 61 percent stronger than the $251,337 six-location launch of 2009's A Serious Man (which had a per-location average of $41,890). Inside Llewyn Davis will begin expanding into additional locations on December 20.

In other box office news, Paramount's Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa surpassed the $100 million domestic mark on Sunday after grossing $0.82 million this weekend. The domestic total for the Johnny Knoxville led comedy stands at $100.02 million through Sunday.

Tags: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Inside Llewyn Davis, Thor: The Dark World, Out of the Furnace, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Frozen

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