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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen help set Thanksgiving box office record


Story by Jack Foley

THE Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Disney’s Frozen (pictured) helped to set a new Thanksgiving box office record in America this weekend.

Catching Fire led the way by grossing $110.2 million over the five-day holiday (from Wednesday, November 27 until Sunday, December 1, 2013). It also became the top Thanksgiving title of all time after sailing past the $82.4 million earned by Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone.

For the three-day weekend itself, The Hunger Games sequel took $74.5 million to become the fourth best second weekend in history after The Avengers ($103.1 million), Avatar ($75.6 million) and The Dark Knight ($75.2 million).

The film has now earned $296.5 million in the US alone.

Frozen, meanwhile, scored the top Thanksgiving debut of all time with a five-day take of $93 million, eclipsing the $80.1 million five day launch of Pixar’s Toy Story 2 in 1999.

It also notched up the best opening for a Disney Animation Studios title, beating the $68.7 million grossed by Tangled over Thanksgiving in 2010. For the three-day weekend, Frozen equalled The Hunger Games with $74.5 million.

The combined might of Catching Fire and Frozen helped to ensure that takings for the five-day holiday clocked in at an estimated $294 million, nearly three per cent up from last year’s record $291 million.

The news wasn’t all good, however. Two further new releases under-performed, with Jason Statham’s Homefront placing sixth with a five-day debut of $9.8 million and a three-day gross of $7 million.

Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake, meanwhile, bombed despite the presence of Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L Jackson and Sharlto Copley in its cast. The film is estimated to have taken roughly $1.2 million for the five days.

That meant that superhero sequel Thor: The Dark World remained in third sport in its third weekend, taking a solid $15.5 million in the US for the five day holiday period and pushing its American total to $186.7 million.

Vince Vaughn dramedy Delivery Man performed better than expected too, coming fifth with five-day earnings of $9.8 million.

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