After setting records each of the last two weekends, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is set to once again top the box office, though "Frozen" could pull an upset if Disney's latest animated blockbuster has a good second weekend in theaters. Meanwhile, Christian Bale-starring action-thriller "Out of the Furnace" seems likely to be the only new entry into the box office top 10.
With two releases firing on all cylinders, theaters across the country were packed with moviegoers from Thanksgiving through the weekend, leading to enormous box office returns nearly across the board. Leading the way was "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which hauled in a record $110 million over the five days surrounding Thanksgiving and pushed its 10-day total to a 2013-best $296 million.
Coming off of a very strong $158 million opening, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" should have no problem once again dominating the competition this weekend, with the Thanksgiving holiday giving movies across the board a boost. While "Catching Fire" puts up more impressive numbers, Disney's "Frozen" hits theaters for the first time in wide release this Wednesday and should find family audiences.
With more than $161 million domestically and $300 million worldwide in a single weekend, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" looks like a global blockbuster on its way to $1 billion in total revenue, putting it in position to dominate all through the Thanksgiving holiday as well. Also hitting theaters was "Delivery Man," though the Vince Vaughn comedy earned a disappointing $8.22 million.
With enormous hype, a mostly wide open schedule and very good critical reviews, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" heads into theaters with everything going for it, assuring distributor Lionsgate that it will end up as one of the most lucrative movies of the year.
Even though "Thor: The Dark World" remained at the top of the box office charts, it was "The Best Man Holiday" that ended up the big winner of the weekend, grossing a spectacular $30.6 million despite playing at just 2,024 total theaters. It also was another solid weekend for "Last Vegas," which dipped less than 20% from last weekend and climbed to a strong $46 million 17-day domestic total.
With only "The Best Man Holiday" seeing a significant opening this weekend, Disney's latest blockbuster "Thor: The Dark World" looks like it will easily be the top box office draw once again, likely pushing its 10-day domestic total to more than $150 million in the process. Meanwhile, R-rated comedy/drama "The Best Man Holiday" appears to be in good shape to appeal to a much smaller audience.
With more than $22,000 per site and $86 million overall, "Thor: The Dark World" had no problem finding its intended audience over the weekend, getting off to a great start for Disney as it hopes to be a major factor both domestically and abroad. Also making a dent over the weekend was acclaimed drama "12 Years a Slave," which expanded to 1,144 total venues and put up a respectable $6.6 million.
After "Ender's Game" posted somewhat disappointing numbers last weekend, heavily anticipated sequel "Thor: The Dark World" looks like it's in much better position, with the Disney distribution tracking for an opening near $100 million. Also looking to have an impact at the box office this weekend is "12 Years a Slave," which gets a nationwide expansion after putting up some nice limited numbers.