THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, FROZEN Shatter Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Records
Lionsgate's THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and Disney's FROZEN might be elemental opposites, but the pair of pics have managed to break Thanksgiving holiday record originally set by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at $82 million.
CATCHING FIRE, at No. 1, took in $74.5 million for the weekend. FROZEN, in second place, grossed just over $66.7 million. 'FIRE' set the new standard for the highest Thanksgiving weekend gross, while FROZEN shattered the record for highest Thanksgiving debut weekend gross.
CATCHING FIRE blew away its competition in its opening weekend, earning a whopping $161.1 million, which surpassses the $152.5 million opening of "The Hunger Games," which opened in March 2012. In addition, the film now holds the record as the best November debut of all time beating "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which debuted with $142.9 million in 2009. "Catching Fire" also trounced the competition on Imax screens, accounting for $12.6 million of its domestic debut.
Only three films have ever premiered higher than "Catching Fire": "The Avengers" ($207.4 million), "Iron Man 3" ($174.1 million), and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($169.2 million).
Directed by Francis Lawrence, the action, sci-fi drama stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin, and Jeffrey Wright.
Walt Disney Pictures' FROZEN features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana and Alan Tudyk and original songs from Tony winner Robert Lopez ("The Book of Mormon," "Avenue Q") and Kristen Anderson-Lopez ("In Transit," "Winnie the Pooh"), and an original score by Christophe Beck ("The Muppets," Oscar-winning short "Paperman").
In the big-screen comedy adventure FROZEN, fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an Epic journey--teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven--to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.
Disney's THOR: THE DARK WORLD took in an additional $11.1 million, bumping its total to $186.7 million, while Universal's THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY grossed another $8.4 million, raising its cumulative domestic total to $63.4 million. Open Road's HOMEFRONT, with Jason Statham and James Franco, debuted this weekend to a meager $6.9 million.
Rentrak announced the top 10 earners for Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 29 - Dec. 1) - check them out below!
|1||Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The||Lionsgate||$74,500,000||$296,556,317|
|3||Thor: The Dark World||Disney||$11,108,000||$186,712,000|
|4||Best Man Holiday, The||Universal||$8,490,565||$63,414,459|
|7||Book Thief, The||20th Century Fox||$4,850,000||$7,856,177|
|8||Black Nativity||Fox Searchlight||$3,880,000||$5,000,000|
|9||Philomena||The Weinstein Company||$3,789,000||$4,754,000|
|10||Last Vegas||CBS Films||$2,785,000||$58,722,076|