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Weekend Box Office Report: November 29 - December 1, 2013

Dec. 1, 2013by: Dave Davis

Thanksgiving weekend was filled with Hunger!

Between expanding waistlines and consumer frenzy over the long holiday weekend, people obviously also had plenty of time for moviegoing -- THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE once again defeated all other contestants and won the Thanksgiving Quell with $74.5 million!

That amount only covers Friday through Sunday -- the sequel actually swallowed up $110.1 million including Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day, breaking the records for both the three-day and the five-day holiday periods. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is already scratching at the $300 million mark domestically after just 10 days, and is up to $573 million worldwide. 

At this rate, CATCHING FIRE is on pace to slay the first HUNGER GAMES' domestic total of $408 million and global finish of $691.2 million -- and is even a contender to join the Billion Dollar Club.

There wasn't a chilly reception for Disney's FROZEN, which placed a strong second with $66.7 million for the three-day and $92.6 million for the five-day, also blasting past the previous record-holder for both (HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE was the champ before this week).

The three-day take for FROZEN skated past the last two computer-animated features from Disney Animation Studios, TANGLED and WRECK-IT RALPH (both opened to just under $50 million). Audiences adored the Mouse House's version of The Snow Queen fairy tale, embracing the icy antics with an 'A+' CinemaScore (critics were also cool with it, going by the 84% Rotten Tomatoes rating).

Landing in third was THOR: THE DARK WORLD with $15.4 million in its fourth weekend. The Thunder God still strains to reach the $200 million mark domestically, but the sequel is up to $591.1 million worldwide and should brush past IRON MAN 2's $623.9 million global total to become Marvel's third-biggest movie.

THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY remained an attractive option in fourth with $8.3 million, ahead of the new Jason Stathan actioner HOMEFRONT, which opened in fifth with $6.9 million (and just under $10 million since Wednesday). The British headkicker plus a James Franco villain turn and a Sly Stallone script didn't hold much appeal for holiday crowds, who gave it a straight 'B' CinemaScore (critics beat it down with 35% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Vince Vaughn's fertile comedy DELIVERY MAN slipped to sixth with $6.9 million, while the WWII drama THE BOOK THIEF expanded wide and came in seventh with $4.8 million. Forest Whitaker may have gained plenty of attention earlier in the year with THE BUTLER, but it didn't help BLACK NATIVITY -- despite an 'A-' CinemaScore, the adaptation of the popular biblical stage musical opened in eighth with $3.8 million (and $5 million since Wednesday). Awards-friendly films PHILOMENA and 12 YEARS A SLAVE closed out the Top 10.

Spike Lee's OLDBOY may as well have stayed locked up -- the director's remake of the infamous 2003 Korean film (itself based on a manga) was released on 583 screens and only collected $1.2 million since Wednesday... putting it in 17th place. For further perspective, its per-screen average was nearly the same as LAST VEGAS in its fifth week and CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in its eighth. Wonder if that aborted Will Smith/Steven Spielberg version would have fared any better...

Also outside the chart, taking their leave were FREE BIRDS, JACKASS PRESENTS BAD GRANDPA, LAST VEGAS, GRAVITY (at $615 million worldwide), CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (which crossed the $100 million mark this week), and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, which is up to $10.2 million. The Idris Elba-starring biopic MANDELA: THE LONG WALK opened in limited release to a decent $25k per-screen average.

Next weekend brings Christian Bale and Casey Affleck in the thriller OUT OF THE FURNACE, and the Coen Brothers' latest INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS gets a limited release.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $74.5 M $296.5 M
2. Frozen $66.7 M $93 M
3. Thor: The Dark World $15.4 M $186.7 M
4. The Best Man Holiday $8.4 M $63.4 M
5. Homefront $6.9 M $9.7 M
6. Delivery Man $6.9 M $19.4 M
7. The Book Thief $4.8 M $7.8 M
8. Black Nativity $3.8 M $5 M
9. Philomena $3.7 M $4.7 M
10. 12 Years a Slave $3 M $33.1 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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6:50AM on 12/02/2013
Do you think Hunger Games 2 will end up the highest grossing movie of 2013?
Do you think Hunger Games 2 will end up the highest grossing movie of 2013?
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10:18AM on 12/02/2013
I doubt it'll go past IRON MAN 3, but second best instead of DESPICABLE ME 2, is not out of reach...
I doubt it'll go past IRON MAN 3, but second best instead of DESPICABLE ME 2, is not out of reach...
11:56AM on 12/02/2013
Well, I stand corrected:
Just watched the numbers again and I NOW think you might be right... It has a very good chance to beat IM3, I'm afraid...
Well, I stand corrected:
Just watched the numbers again and I NOW think you might be right... It has a very good chance to beat IM3, I'm afraid...
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8:19PM on 12/01/2013
Why was oldboy only in limited release? I figured for sure it'd be a wide release.
Why was oldboy only in limited release? I figured for sure it'd be a wide release.
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10:21AM on 12/02/2013
Well, for a start, it seems the movie isn't very good, and it's even worst if you compare it to the original...
Still, it's better than one of Lee's last film, that was only released as a DTV in the States...
Well, for a start, it seems the movie isn't very good, and it's even worst if you compare it to the original...
Still, it's better than one of Lee's last film, that was only released as a DTV in the States...
7:49PM on 12/01/2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was a solid, well-crafted second installment and Frozen was so much better than I expected. It does for snow and ice what Tangled did for hair; mesmerizing to look at and it has some really fun songs. "In Summer", sung by the naive snowman Olaf who is unfamiliar with the concept of snow melting and who dreams about how much he'll have in warmer weather, is a standout for me.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was a solid, well-crafted second installment and Frozen was so much better than I expected. It does for snow and ice what Tangled did for hair; mesmerizing to look at and it has some really fun songs. "In Summer", sung by the naive snowman Olaf who is unfamiliar with the concept of snow melting and who dreams about how much he'll have in warmer weather, is a standout for me.
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2:38PM on 12/01/2013

Not surprised

Hunger games was really good, they really stepped it up from the first one! Old Boy was ok, about as twisted an ending as you'll ever see in a movie, not gonna ruin it, but it had me wincing and I'm not the wincing type at all.
Hunger games was really good, they really stepped it up from the first one! Old Boy was ok, about as twisted an ending as you'll ever see in a movie, not gonna ruin it, but it had me wincing and I'm not the wincing type at all.
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2:25PM on 12/01/2013
I had a blast with Homefront. It was such a fun, kick ass entertaining film.
I had a blast with Homefront. It was such a fun, kick ass entertaining film.
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