Box Office Top Five: Frozen Asks Katniss to Take a Seat
1. Frozen, $31.6 million (last week: no. 2; $134.3 million cumulative)
Was I talking about The Best Man Holiday potentially sticking around in the top five through mid-January last week? Can I change my vote to Frozen? After playing sidekick to the Catching Fire–led Thanksgiving box office bonanza, Frozen jumped ahead to first place this weekend and pulled “the highest post-Thanksgiving gross ever, ahead of Toy Story 2,” which made $27.8 million back in 1999.
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $27 million (last week: no. 1; $336.7 million cumulative)
After two weekends well over $100 million, Catching Fire took a 64 percent dip and wound up here. Lionsgate has similar Thanksgiving-y release dates for the two-part Mockingjay finale coming in 2014 and 2015, so it’s gotta be scheming up a way to keep the butts in the seats longer than a few weeks next time.
3. Out of the Furnace, $5.3 million (opening weekend)
Christian Bale + Zoe Saldana + Woody Harrelson + Casey Affleck + Forest Whitaker + Willem Dafoe + Sam Shepard + Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper = this paltry debut weekend. For a little perspective, Box Office Mojo writes, “That’s even worse than Killing Them Softly, a similarly dark crime movie that opened to $6.8 million on the same weekend last year.”
4. Thor: The Dark World, $4.7 million (last week: no. 3; $193.6 million cumulative)
Although it’s definitely slowing to a stop in the U.S., The Dark World’s worldwide total is now $610 million. Which, yeah, yowza.
5. Delivery Man, $3.8 million (last week: no. 5; $24.8 million)
Vince Vaughan has a death grip on last place. Meanwhile, I saw The Five-Year Engagement over the weekend, and Chris Pratt’s bit part in that almost convinces me to go see him costar in this.
Also notable: Inside Llewyn Davis earned a solid $402,000 in its four-theater limited release. In its second week, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom remained in four theaters and pulled $77,652, slightly less than its $100,000 opening weekend despite Nelson Mandela’s passing over the week.