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Weekend Box Office Report: December 6-8, 2013

Dec. 8, 2013by: Dave Davis
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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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5:14PM on 12/08/2013
Hobbit's earnings next week are gonna be just like Smaug's labyrinth of gold... and popcorn to clean. I love my job just that... well the other day I found 2 baby diapers while cleaning theaters, get a clue people. Furnace was great but yeah Disney owned this past weekend.
Hobbit's earnings next week are gonna be just like Smaug's labyrinth of gold... and popcorn to clean. I love my job just that... well the other day I found 2 baby diapers while cleaning theaters, get a clue people. Furnace was great but yeah Disney owned this past weekend.
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3:59PM on 12/08/2013
Is Oldboy this year's biggest bomb? Granted it wasn't released across the standard number of 2000 screens, but at this rate it'll be tough to make more than 10% of its $30 million budget back.
Is Oldboy this year's biggest bomb? Granted it wasn't released across the standard number of 2000 screens, but at this rate it'll be tough to make more than 10% of its $30 million budget back.
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3:33PM on 12/08/2013

Good for Frozen

Too bad for Cooper & friends. Out of the Furnace is amazing. One of the year's best by far. The seemingly wide criticism that it's too simple misses the mark entirely. GREAT film; cannot wait to see it again.
Too bad for Cooper & friends. Out of the Furnace is amazing. One of the year's best by far. The seemingly wide criticism that it's too simple misses the mark entirely. GREAT film; cannot wait to see it again.
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6:59AM on 12/09/2013
Loved Saving Mr Banks, Emma Thompson is fantastic in it, expect and Oscar nod.
Loved Saving Mr Banks, Emma Thompson is fantastic in it, expect and Oscar nod.
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12:11AM on 12/09/2013
Out of the Furnace isn't the type of movie I expect to do great numbers in theaters, but I do hope people give it a chance on dvd/blu-ray. It has great performances and is better than what the RT score indicates.
Good for Frozen. Out of the few animated films I've seen this year, it's been the best, and I imagine the front-runner for the Oscar.
Out of the Furnace isn't the type of movie I expect to do great numbers in theaters, but I do hope people give it a chance on dvd/blu-ray. It has great performances and is better than what the RT score indicates.
Good for Frozen. Out of the few animated films I've seen this year, it's been the best, and I imagine the front-runner for the Oscar.
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4:20PM on 12/08/2013
Didn't get a chance this weekend to see Out of the Furnace and am going to try to see it in the next couple of days (weather permitting). Also, still trying to see Dallas Buyer's Club as well.

Can't wait for Desolation of Smaug next week and for Inside Llewyn Davis to expand to more theaters.
Didn't get a chance this weekend to see Out of the Furnace and am going to try to see it in the next couple of days (weather permitting). Also, still trying to see Dallas Buyer's Club as well.

Can't wait for Desolation of Smaug next week and for Inside Llewyn Davis to expand to more theaters.
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2:50AM on 12/09/2013

Thor 2 is actually the 4th highest grossing Marvel film at this poit

It's 5th domestically, but it's "$585.2 million global total" makes it 4th in terms of worldwide grosses. It's actually up to $610 now, according to Boxofficemojo, which means it will likely pass Iron Man 3 ($623) in another week or so and finish at #3.
It's 5th domestically, but it's "$585.2 million global total" makes it 4th in terms of worldwide grosses. It's actually up to $610 now, according to Boxofficemojo, which means it will likely pass Iron Man 3 ($623) in another week or so and finish at #3.
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7:30AM on 12/09/2013
You mean it will surpass Iron Man 2, not Iron Man 3. Don't give Dave Davis a hard time if you can't be bothered to double check your own post.
You mean it will surpass Iron Man 2, not Iron Man 3. Don't give Dave Davis a hard time if you can't be bothered to double check your own post.
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