'Catching Fire' Still Burns Bright At Box Office
By ZACH SEEMAYER
December 01, 2013
Once again, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been crowned the victor of the incredibly lively Thanksgiving weekend box office.
For the second weekend, The Hunger Games took the top spot, this time claiming an impressive $74.5 million, which would be a big opening for most films' first weekend. This powerful showing brings the total domestic gross to $296.5 million.
However, with a monumental opening, yet still in second place, was the Disney animated film Frozen, which made $66.7 million during its debut weekend.
Starring the voice talent of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Frozen is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story The Snow Queen, and it set the record for the biggest opening weekend of any animated Disney film ever.
Marvel's Thor: The Dark World took in $11 million in its third weekend, bringing its domestic total to $186.7 million against a $170 million budget.
Hanging strong in fourth place was The Best Man Holiday, which is a sequel to the 1999 film The Best Man. It made another $8.5 million, bringing its total to $63.4 million since it opened three weeks ago. This is an impressive haul, considering its relatively-modest $17 million budget.
The Jason Statham/James Franco action crime thriller Homefront debuted in fifth place with $6.9 million. In the film, Statham plays a former DEA agent who moves his family into a safe, quiet community, but soon finds himself facing off against an insane drug lord, played by Franco.
The Vince Vaughn comedy Delivery Man came in sixth with $6.9 million as well.
The Book Thief, based on the novel of the same name, took home $4.8 million for a total of $7.8 million. It moved up to seventh place from 16th, after opening wider from a limited release last week.
Black Nativity, starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Basset and Jennifer Hudson, based on the Langston Hughes play, opened in eighth with $3.8 million.
The British drama Philomena moved up from 27th place to 9th place and earned $3.7 million. In its first weekend, the film was in limited release on four screens. It opened wider to 835 screens this weekend.
And finally, in tenth place, the ensemble comedy Last Vegas earned $2.7 million, bringing its total domestic gross to $58.7 million. It stars Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four elderly best friends who go to Vegas to celebrate a bachelor party and relive their youth.
Oscar contenders Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, and 12 Years A Slave were all knocked out of the top 10.
Also worth mentioning, Spike Lee's remake Oldboy debuted this week in 17th place. While its release was modest, only showing on 583 screens nationwide, it earned just $800,000 in its opening weekend. The film stars Josh Brolin is a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 20 years without being told why, only to be released and forced to figure out the reason for his imprisonment. The film was released by FilmDistrict and had a $30 million production budget.