The family audience powered Frozen to a win over Catching Fire this weekend, as it pulled in $31 million to land in the number one spot. That's a 53% drop from last week, giving it a total of $137 million so far. This solid showing should solidify the Disney hit to at least $250 million or more, depending on how well it fares from here (my guess is pretty well, with no big animated releases for the next month). As for Catching Fire, it had a more severe drop this week (most movies do the week after the Thanksgiving holiday), falling 64% to second place with $27 million. Of course, that puts it at a hefty $330 million total after just 17 days, which is massive. It looks likely to finish with exactly the amount of the first movie, $400 million or so (although worldwide will be much more- it's already at $673 million).
Out of the Furnace bombed in wide release, earning just $5 million for the weekend and a terrible "C+" Cinemascore, so don't look for this one to do much more in the coming weeks. But in limited release, Inside Llewyn Davis scored huge, pulling in $400,000 from just 4 screens, which amounts to a $100,000 per screen average. The movie's already a heavy Oscar favorite and will continue to build its buzz as it starts expanding in two weeks to more theaters.
- Frozen- $31.6 million
- Catching Fire- $27 million
- Out of the Furnace- $5.3 million
- Thor: The Dark World- $4.7 million
- Delivery Man- $3.8 million
Also in limited release, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba, fell just 8%, which means it may have increased interest after the death of Nelson Mandela this week. Next up it's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which I think I can safely predict will make a pretty big splash on the charts next weekend. Until then!