Lionsgate's sequel earned a prodigious $75 million in its second
weekend, while Disney's frosty fete opened with $67 million,
according to studio estimates Sunday.
Both films bested the previous Thanksgiving record holder, "Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which earned $57.5 million in 2001
over a three-day period.
Snowballing its way to the top, "Frozen" became the biggest
Thanksgiving opening ever and the largest opening for Walt Disney
"For a company whose foundation was built on animation, to have this
as the biggest opening ever is a pretty extraordinary thing," said
Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution at Walt Disney
Studios, adding that the box office draw of "Frozen" exceeded studio
"We came into the weekend feeling like anything that would exceed
the result from 'Tangled' from a couple years back would be great,"
Hollis added. "Tangled" opened with $68.7 million in 2010. "We
thought something in the $70-$80 million range is what might be
possible with 'Frozen.' We are hoping it lends itself to a big, long
payoff after this great start."
The films topped records for the highest domestic box office grosses
for the three-day and five-day holiday weekend. "Catching Fire"
blazed the trail to No. 1 and "Frozen" slid in at No. 2.
"Catching Fire" earned the biggest-ever gross for a film from
Wednesday to Sunday over the Thanksgiving holiday. It brought in
$110.2 million, raising its domestic total to $297 million. "Frozen"
scored $93 million over the five days, topping Disney's previous
five-day champ, "Toy Story 2," which earned $80.1 million in 1999.
"All of these records being broken, it's like a true snowball
effect," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for
box-office tracker Rentrak. "Overall, this is the biggest
Thanksgiving weekend for the industry ever. Last year was the
Thanksgiving record holder, but this one-two punch with 'Catching
Fire' and 'Frozen' was just amazing."
Internationally, "Catching Fire" continued to bring the heat,
earning a total of $276 million through Sunday. Opening No. 1 in
France, Italy and Belgium, the sequel exceeded the opening weekend
of "The Hunger Games" in all three markets. Overall, the sequel has
grossed $573 million worldwide.
After dominating the box office during its first two weeks in
theaters, Disney's "Thor: The Dark World" dropped to No. 2 last
weekend and was knocked down one more spot to No. 3 this weekend,
earning $11.1 million. Globally, it continues to keep Disney on the
map with a total of $591.1 million.
Maintaining a healthy position at the box office, Universal's
romantic comedy "The Best Man Holiday" held the fourth slot with
$8.5 million, while thriller "Homefront," starring Jason Statham and
James Franco, opened in the No. 5 slot with $7 million.
Also debuting over the holiday, Fox Searchlight's "Black Nativity"
landed in the top 10 with $3.9 million, while the Weinstein Co.'s
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba, saw a solid
launch, earning $100,306 despite playing in just four theaters.
Opening with $850,000, Spike Lee's "Oldboy" failed to make an
impressive impact at the box office.
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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and
Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest
international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.
Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $75 million ($92.5 million
million ($16.7 million international).
"Thor: The Dark
World," $11.1 million ($12.2 million international).
"The Best Man
Holiday," $8.5 million.
"Homefront," $7 million ($1.2 million international).
"Delivery Man," $6.9 million.
"The Book Thief," $4.9 million.
"Black Nativity," $3.9 million.
"Philomena," $3.8 million.
"Last Vegas," $2.8 million ($2.2 million international).
Estimated weekend ticket sales Friday through Sunday at
international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films
distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $92.5 million.
"Gravity," $25.4 million.
"Frozen," $16.7 million.
"Thor: The Dark World," $12.2 million.
"The Cartel War," $11.5 million.
"Captain Phillips," $6.8 million.
"The Counselor," $5.8 million.
"Fack Ju Gohte," $5.75 million.
"Bullett Raja," $5.5 million.
"Carrie," $3.6 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast
Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics
are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney,
Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned
by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are
owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time
Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including
Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is
owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC
Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
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