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Weekend Box Office Report: December 6-8, 2013

12.08.2013

Katniss gets iced by Disney's Frozen!

District 12's finest got knocked out of the winner's circle this weekend by Disney's Snow Queen, as FROZEN rose to the top of the box office with $31.6 million!

It was the Mouse House's computer-animated family fantasy FROZEN that caught fire on the post-holiday weekend -- after two weeks at the top, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE got stuck in the cold (along with half the US), dropping to second place with $27 million in its third week.

While FROZEN works on building its ice castle, CATCHING FIRE has gone on to $673.4 million worldwide, not too far from the first HUNGER GAMES' finish of $691.2 million last year. (But then, THE HUNGER GAMES also held the #1 position for four weeks straight.)

The week's only new wide release, the Christian Bale dark thriller OUT OF THE FURNACE, opened in third place with $5.3 million. Nowhere near cape-and-cowl money for Bale, and the violent tale (from CRAZY HEART director Scott Cooper) cost around $25 million.

Despite the strong cast (including Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana and Forest Whitaker), critics didn't feel much heat from OUT OF THE FURNACE (51% on Rotten Tomatoes), and paying crowds gave it a chilly 'C+' CinemaScore.

In fourth place was THOR: THE DARK WORLD in its fifth weekend with $4.7 million. The second adventure of Asgard's beefiest warrior has crossed $600 million worldwide, passing the first IRON MAN's $585.2 million global total to rank fourth in Marvel's movie universe.

Vince Vaughn's latest laugh attempt DELIVERY MAN jumped up a slot to fifth with $3.7 million, which makes it the third Disney release in the top half of the chart. At least they can brag about that (although Vaughn's multi-fatherhood comedy has also nearly made back its reported $26 million cost).

The bottom half of the chart was a wrestling match, with the Jason Statham actioner HOMEFRONT being the most scrappy in sixth. The WWII drama THE BOOK THIEF held its seventh place spot from last week, just ahead of THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY (at $67.2 million on a $17 million budget). Rounding out the chart were PHILOMENA and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, each on less than a thousand screens and keeping their fingers crossed for awards recognition.

Outside the chart, the holiday gospel movie BLACK NATIVITY disappeared in its second week (a drop of 76%) and 12 YEARS A SLAVE is starting to fade after a solid $35 million total for such a tough watch. In its second week, Spike Lee's remake of OLDBOY hasn't even cleared $2 million total on 583 screens, and the Coens came out blasting with the limited release of their latest INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS -- the film nabbed a remarkable $100k per-screen average.

Next weekend brings back the halfing and all his dwarf companions in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, while Tyler Perry once again slips on the wig and fat-suit for TYLER PERRY'S A MADEA CHRISTMAS. David O. Russell's con-artist thriller AMERICAN HUSTLE opens in limited release, along with Tom Hanks in SAVING MR. BANKS.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Frozen $31.6 M $134.2 M
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $27 M $336.6 M
3. Out of the Furnace $5.3 M
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4. Thor: The Dark World $4.7 M $193.6 M
5. Delivery Man $3.7 M $24.7 M
6. Homefront $3.3 M $15.2 M
7. The Book Thief $2.7 M $12 M
8. The Best Man Holiday $2.6 M $67.2 M
9. Philomena $2.2 M $8.2 M
10. Dallas Buyers Club $1.4 M $12.4 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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