Box office roundup – Dec. 8, 2013 – "Frozen" cools off "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

Disney Kristoff makes a deal with Anna.
Disney
Kristoff makes a deal with Anna.

1. Frozen – $31.6 million [2nd week; $134.3 million] Disney’s latest animated effort heated up in its second week knocking Jennifer Lawrence’s blockbuster from topping the box office for a third week. This should remain a Top 5 fixture despite a slew of films coming up in the next few weeks largely because while they may be award contenders, none have wide appeal for families.

Murray Close/Lionsgate Publicity Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
Murray Close/Lionsgate Publicity
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $27 million [3rd week; $336 million] I underestimated the strong word-of-mouth “Frozen” would get after a solid first week as I figured “Fire” was a lock to three-peat. Still, it’s not like HG hasn’t already made its presence felt at the box office as it’s earned $673 million worldwide.

Kerry Hayes/Relativity Media Zoe Saldana and Christian Bale star in Relativity Media's "Out of the Furnace."
Kerry Hayes/Relativity Media
Zoe Saldana and Christian Bale star in “Out of the Furnace.”

3. Out of the Furnace – $5.3 million [debut week] This was the only significant new release of the week but despite a stacked cast including Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana, audiences weren’t feeling this one much.

4. Thor: The Dark World – $4.7 million [$193.6 million] – The superhero action blockbuster continues on its path to $200 million.

5. Delivery Man – $3.8 million [3rd week; $24.8 million] Vince Vaughn’s comedy managed to get back in the Top 5 for another week.

  • Fred

    Jeff here I am telling you last week that “Catching Fire” had no shot at spending 4 weeks at no. 1 because “The Hobbit” will be no. 1 when it opens, but “Frozen” was underestimated by us. Actually percentage wise “Catching Fire’s” drop was a little more steeper than the last two “Twilight” films we’re following their Thanksgiving weekends, that’s not the greatest signs since those films are historically known to have huge drop-offs after their opening weekends. “CF” is still a massive hit obviously, but I don’t think it’s going to catch “Iron Man 3” for the highest grossing domestic box office hit this year.

  • Man, seriously!
    I figured CF was an easy three-peat, but “Frozen” is quality family entertainment and after seeing it, I’m glad it performed well its second week.
    I think CF will be looking up at IM3 now as well. The lack of 3D hurts for sure.

  • Fred

    Jeff you’re right about the 3D advantage here, if “Catching Fire” makes it to around 405 million i’ll assume it will have a sold a little more tickets than “Iron Man 3” did because of the 3D surcharges. But to be fair enough 3D surcharges certainly helped “Iron Man 3” to an extent, percentage wise it’s 3D revenue and percentage of it’s box office gross pales though in comparison to a film like “Gravity” that truly made a killing off of 3D surcharges, you probably have to go back to “Alice In Wonderland” and “Avatar” to find films that made that kind of money from 3D showings.

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