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article image'Frozen' opens solid; 'Catching Fire' sets Thanksgiving record

By Tim O'Brien     Nov 28, 2013 in Entertainment
UPDATE: It was a stuffed Thanksgiving day for movie-goers as the gobbled up tickets in record fashion. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" ate up $14.9 million on Thanksgiving while "Frozen" took in $11.9 million.
On Wednesday, "Catching Fire" earned a whopping $20.7 million. That makes it the third best non-opening Wednesday. The previous record-holder for a Thanksgiving day was "Toy Story 2" with $13.1 million in 1999. If the tracking holds out, noted The Wrap, "Catching Fire" could set a Thanksgiving holiday record.
EARLIER: The holiday movie season is catching fire and is solid. Not a bad way to start a box office report since the two films that are hot right now are "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen."
"Frozen" opened to a ice-melting $15.2 million as it cracked open on Tuesday and was huge on Wednesday. The film will now jump into the lead for best animated feature as the award season rolls on. Meanwhile, "Catching Fire" hasn't slowed down and will surely win the weekend, despite the success of "Frozen."
These two films will help fire off a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, domestically. With that noted, that means, the numbers will be all over the place. With a holiday, there are the daily numbers of course, but also the five-day and then the three day. Oh, and the individual Thanksgiving numbers need to be reported as well.
Meanwhile, Box Mojo Mojo reported that "Catching Fire" had one of the best all-time Tuesdays with $15.9 million. Which leads to the question, where is "Frozen" on that list? Their numbers got rolled into another day. So, officially the $15.2 million for that one is counted as a Wednesday. The bulk of that money was indeed made on Wednesday.
1. "Frozen (2013)" - 3,742 theaters
2. "Homefront" - 2,572 theaters
3. "Black Nativity" - 1,516 theaters
4. "Oldboy (2013)" - 583 theaters
5. "The Book Thief" - 1,234 theaters
6. "Philomena" - 753 theaters
It is crowded at the box office and movie-goers have plenty to choose from as they make their way through the holiday weekend. Quite a few films should hit double digits and that bodes well.
"Homefront" stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth. This fits the action bill this weekend. What is going to come out this one, no matter how good or bad it does, is the fact that Sylvester Stallone wrote it. He did and there is no mistaking it in the film.
"Black Nativity" sets its sights on musical fans and holiday lovers, while Spike Lee's "Oldboy" is a remake. It stars Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Brolin. A heavy and not for everyone film, "Oldboy" could prove that it is best to leave a cult classic along.
"The Book Thief" and "Philomena" both go wider this weekend, with the first one grabbing many more theaters. But, it is the latter one that stars Judi Dench and it gets the Oscar voters' attention.
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