Friday Box Office: CATCHING FIRE and FROZEN Track New Holiday Records

     November 30, 2013

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It looks like this year’s Thanksgiving box office will be a record breaker on multiple fronts.  Both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen are now on pace to top $90 million by Sunday, besting a five-day holiday high set by the first Harry Potter film in 2001.  Catching Fire burned brightest on Black Friday: bringing in an estimated $31.2 million, or a decline of just 56% from its opening day.  The sequel has earned more than $253 million domestically and is currently tracking ahead of Iron Man 3  after eight days in theatres.

Black Friday was also profitable for Frozen.  Disney’s animated feature took in an estimated $26.8 million yesterday and is now expected to earn $67 million for the three-day weekend, or about what Tangled took in over five days during the 2010 Thanksgiving frame.  The outlook is not as promising for the week’s other new releases.  Homefront placed sixth on Friday with just $2.6 million and is not expected to exceed $10 million in its first five days.  Even so, the week’s top two films appear strong enough to drive overall grosses past $291 million and a new domestic record for the long Thanksgiving holiday.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Catching Fire $31,250,000 $253.2
2.  Frozen $26,860,000 $53.5
3.  Thor: The Dark World $4,451,000 $180
4.  The Best Man Holiday $3,400,000 $58.3
5.  Delivery Man $2,726,000 $15.2
6.  Homefront $2,632,000 $5.45
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