‘Frozen’ Moves Into First Place with $31.6 Million; ‘Catching Fire’ Falls to Second with $27.0 Million

Article originates from BoxOffice.com

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by Daniel Garris

 

In its second weekend of wide release, Disney’s Frozen moved into first place with an estimated $31.64 million. With the 3D computer animated blockbuster from Walt Disney Animation moving ahead of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in the weekend rankings, this weekend played out similarly to the post-Thanksgiving weekend frame back in 2010 when Tangled moved ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in the rankings (albeit with significantly higher grosses this time around). Frozen fell a solid 53 percent from last weekend’s three-day frame and continues to exceed its already lofty expectations with $134.28 million after twelve days of wide release. That places Frozen 39 percent ahead of the $96.57 million twelve-day start of Tangled, which fell 56 percent in its second weekend to gross $21.61 million. With strong word of mouth and a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences in December, Frozen is likely to hold up very well going forward.

 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell to second place with an estimated $27.0 million this weekend. Lionsgate’s blockbuster sequel was down a hefty 64 percent fall from last weekend, which was quite understandable given the film’s record breaking performance over Thanksgiving weekend. In comparison, Deathly Hallows: Part 1 fell 65 percent the weekend after Thanksgiving weekend to gross $17.02 million. With a massive 17-day start of $336.66 million, Catching Fire is running 38 percent ahead of the $244.52 million 17-day take of Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 11 percent ahead of the $302.45 million 17-day gross of last year’s The Hunger Games (which fell 43 percent in its third weekend to gross $33.11 million). It will be interesting to see whether or not Catching Fire is able to stabilize next weekend with the arrival of Warner’s anticipated The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the marketplace on Friday.

 

Relativity’s Out of the Furnace debuted in third place with a soft estimated take of $5.3 million. Despite a strong ensemble cast headlined by Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson, moviegoers simply weren’t interested in the film. The weekend after Thanksgiving weekend is a notoriously tough frame to open new films, as audiences typically need a break after Thanksgiving weekend and before Christmas season releases enter the marketplace. Out of the Furnace opened 22 percent softer than the the $6.81 million start of last year’s Killing Them Softly. While Out of the Furnace may hold up a bit better than Killing Them Softly did, it likely won’t hold up all that well going forward given the amount of new competition for adult moviegoers entering the marketplace throughout the rest of December and the lackluster C+ rating it received on CinemaScore.

 

Disney’s Thor: The Dark World placed in fourth with an estimated $4.74 million. Marvel’s blockbuster superhero sequel was down 57 percent from last weekend. With a 31-day take of $193.64 million, Thor: The Dark World is running 14 percent ahead of the $169.12 million 31-day gross of 2011’s Thor and is currently $6.36 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.

 

On the platform front, CBS Films’ Inside Llewyn Davis was off to a very impressive start this weekend with an estimated $402,000 from just 4 locations. That gave the awards season hopeful from The Coen Brothers a massive per-location average of $105,000 for the frame. Inside Llewyn Davis easily delivered the largest per-location average ever for a Coen Brothers film in platform release and opened 60 percent stronger than the $251,337 six-location launch of 2009’s A Serious Man (which had a per-location average of $41,890). Inside Llewyn Davis will begin expanding into additional locations on December 20.

 

In other box office news, Paramount’s Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa will surpass the $100 million domestic mark on Sunday after grossing an estimated $0.855 million this weekend. The domestic total for the Johnny Knoxville led comedy stands at $100.056 million through Sunday.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 6 – Sun, Dec. 8

 

Wide (1000+)

# Title weekend Locations Avg. Total Wks. Dist.
1 Frozen (2013) $31,641,000 -53% 3,742 0 $8,456 $134,278,436 3 Disney
2 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $27,000,000 -64% 4,163 0 $6,486 $336,664,956 3 Lionsgate
3 Out of the Furnace $5,300,000 2,101 $2,523 $5,327,076 1 Relativity Media
4 Thor: The Dark World $4,740,000 -57% 3,074 -212 $1,542 $193,639,642 5 Disney
5 Delivery Man $3,775,000 -45% 2,905 -131 $1,299 $24,799,782 3 Disney / DreamWorks
6 Homefront $3,384,000 -51% 2,570 0 $1,317 $15,284,390 2 Open Road
7 The Book Thief $2,700,000 -44% 1,316 82 $2,052 $12,075,055 5 Fox
8 The Best Man Holiday $2,673,000 -67% 1,577 -140 $1,695 $67,238,615 4 Universal
9 Last Vegas $1,255,000 -53% 1,539 -315 $815 $60,576,608 6 CBS Films
10 12 Years a Slave $1,140,000 -51% 1,082 -83 $1,054 $35,012,120 8 Fox Searchlight
11 Black Nativity $1,050,000 -71% 1,525 9 $689 $6,428,003 2 Fox Searchlight
12 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa $855,000 -52% 1,157 -346 $739 $100,055,535 7 Paramount
13 Lee Daniels’ The Butler $260,000 517% 1,007 936 $258 $115,917,156 17 Weinstein Company

 

Limited (100 — 999)

# Title weekend Locations Avg. Total Wks. Dist.
1 Philomena $2,282,000 -38% 835 0 $2,733 $8,254,635 3 Weinstein Company
2 Dallas Buyers Club $1,458,662 -42% 734 38 $1,987 $12,406,986 6 Focus
3 Gravity $1,240,000 -51% 900 -116 $1,378 $251,515,254 10 Warner Bros.
4 Nebraska $545,000 -25% 113 11 $4,823 $2,262,478 4 Paramount Vantage
5 Captain Phillips $525,000 -54% 640 -167 $820 $103,515,377 9 Sony / Columbia
6 Ender’s Game $515,000 -58% 608 -235 $847 $60,150,741 6 Lionsgate / Summit
7 Oldboy (2013) $296,000 -67% 583 0 $508 $1,951,216 2 FilmDistrict
8 About Time $210,000 -44% 266 -65 $789 $14,990,598 6 Universal
9 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $175,000 -55% 312 -395 $561 $115,281,165 11 Sony / Columbia
10 The Christmas Candle $167,753 -57% 306 -46 $548 $1,905,741 4 EchoLight Studios
11 All Is Lost $122,528 -36% 142 -12 $863 $5,465,479 8 Roadside Attractions

 

Platform (1 — 99)

# Title weekend Locations Avg. Total Wks. Dist.
1 Inside Llewyn Davis $402,000 4 $100,500 $402,000 1 CBS Films
2 The Great Beauty $88,478 -34% 23 0 $3,847 $395,440 4 Janus Films
3 Blue Is the Warmest Color $82,500 -28% 75 -19 $1,100 $1,791,927 7 IFC Films
4 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom $77,652 -8% 4 0 $19,413 $183,368 2 Weinstein Company
5 Narco Cultura $65,000 2780% 46 45 $1,413 $80,407 3 Cinedigm
6 Enough Said $62,000 -49% 94 -27 $660 $17,289,986 12 Fox Searchlight
7 Escape Plan $39,000 -18% 81 -60 $481 $24,611,975 8 Lionsgate / Summit
8 The Armstrong Lie $37,812 18% 77 46 $491 $245,449 5 Sony Pictures Classics
9 Kill Your Darlings $36,310 -47% 72 -2 $504 $827,141 8 Sony Pictures Classics
10 Instructions Not Included $32,000 -51% 46 -22 $696 $44,453,224 15 Lionsgate / Pantelion
11 The Punk Singer $29,000 17% 16 13 $1,813 $66,393 2 IFC Films
12 Blue Jasmine $24,710 -34% 35 2 $706 $32,783,097 20 Sony Pictures Classics
13 Twice Born $13,865 10 $1,387 $13,865 1 eOne Films US
14 Inequality for All $10,894 377% 14 5 $778 $1,179,741 11 RADiUS-TWC
15 Spinning Plates $3,138 6 $523 $93,687 7 The Film Arcade
16 20 Feet from Stardom $2,021 -23% 10 4 $202 $4,779,037 26 RADiUS-TWC
 

 

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