‘Catching Fire’ And ‘Frozen’ Gobble Up Box-Office Records


Thanksgiving meals are enjoyed hot out of the oven and as cold leftovers. And America enjoyed the same at the box office this weekend, choosing hot, then cold, with “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and Disney’s “Frozen.”

“Catching Fire” held onto the #1 spot with $110.1 million from Wednesday to Sunday, knocking 12-year champion “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” from the top spot on the five-day-Thanksgiving scorecard. The $74.5 million gathered by “Catching Fire” since Friday gave “The Hunger Games” sequel the fourth biggest second weekend ever, behind “The Avengers,” “Avatar” and “The Dark Knight.”

Disney’s “Frozen” had the biggest five-day Thanksgiving debut ever, surpassing the $80.1 million start from Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” and the $68.7 opening of the Mouse House’s “Tangled” with $93 million ($66.7 million of it since Friday). Like “Toy Story 2” and “Tangled,” “Frozen” benefitted from overwhelmingly positive reviews and its family friendly rating. The R-rated “Homefront” and “Oldboy” were both critical misses and their box-office debuts followed suit commercially. “Black Nativity” underperformed as well.

With a $7 million debut, Jason Statham’s “Parker” was a box-office bomb earlier this year. Despite the addition of James Franco as the villain and a script co-written by Sylvester Stallone, “Homefront” followed suit with a $6.9 million debut. That was enough for #5, which was better than the $3.8 million made by “Black Nativity” over the weekend, which placed the poorly reviewed drama at #8.