Reel Deal: Frozen tops Catching Fire
The sequel to The Hunger Games was surpassed by Disney's new hit, Frozen, at the box office over the weekend.
In only its second week in theatres, the Disney film, Frozen, managed top topple over Catching Fire and take first place in this past weekend's box office. While the highly-anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games was not too far behind with $27 million in sales, Frozen trumped with $31.6 million.
In third place, Out of the Furnace brought in $5.3 million as it opened this weekend, and not far from that was Thor: The Dark World, with $4.7 million. From there, the list went Delivery Man, then Homefront, The Book Thief, and in the eighth slot, The Best Man Holiday at $2.6 million.
While the weekend that follows Thanksgiving is notorious for being a bad time to launch a new, major movie, only one was ever a qualified success in the last 15 years according to movie critics.
The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise raked in $24.2 million for its debut weekend in 2003. Other than that, studios swear off the post-holiday weekend as a time where new films should not be debuted, for box office numbers are always, always, always lower than usual.
Aside from that, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire decreased by a whopping 63 percent as it wraps its third week in theatres. While it has earned more than $336 million in the US, the film is more than 10 percent more profitable than the first Hunger Games movie was after three weeks of showing.
In the weekend to come, Catching Fire will again be tested as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is debuted. The two will battle it out for the weekend box office, not to mention the current lead by Frozen, however not so much a competitive film as is the forthcoming Hobbit film to Hunger Games sequel.