Thanksgiving Box Office: CATCHING FIRE Still Red Hot; Disney’s FROZEN Heats Up

     November 29, 2013

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This year’s long Thanksgiving box office is off to a promising start for its two major players.  After setting a new November record with its $158 million debut last weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is now poised to break the five-day Thanksgiving record with about $95 million in projected earnings between Wednesday and Sunday.  The holiday’s previous record was $82.3 million, set by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone way back in 2001.  Catching Fire passed $200 million on Wednesday, its sixth day in theatres (The Hunger Games took eight days to hit the same mark), and will top $500 million worldwide by this weekend.

In more surprising news, it looks like Catching Fire may not be the only film to break a record this Thanksgiving.  Frozen, the latest feature from Disney Animation opened on Wednesday with a very promising $15.2 million.  Frozen was originally expected to take in about $65 million in its first five days, putting it behind 2010’s Tangled in terms of successful Thanksgiving debuts.  But after a stronger than expected Thursday showing, Frozen is now tracking closer to $82 million through Sunday, which would put it ahead of both Tangled and long-time record holder Toy Story 2 on the list of Thanksgiving’s best box office openings.

We’ll have complete details on the long holiday box office this weekend.

 Title Wednesday Thursday Total
1.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $20.7 $14.9 $221.9
2.  Frozen $15.21 $11.08 $26.6
3.  Thor: The Dark World $2.34 $2.04 $175.6
4.  Homefront $1.42 $1.40 $2.8
5.  Delivery Man $1.31 $1.43 $12.5
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