Rounding out Thanksgiving weekend of November 27 through December 1, 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire dominated over the competition again, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. But there can only be one true winner. In Box Office Aftermath, we will take a look at the numbers, how previous contenders fared, and provide a brief analysis of the results.
In what has become the highest grossing Thanksgiving weekend ever at the box office The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had itself quite the bout against Disney’s Frozen.
It was a pretty tight race to the finish, but it was Catching Fire who came out on top with $74.17 million for the three-day weekend, bringing it’s 10-day total to $296.29 million. Catching Fire is now the fourth highest grossing movie in its second weekend right behind Avatar, The Dark Knight, and The Avengers. In terms of the five-day weekend, Wednesday through Sunday, Catching Fire earned $109.9 million and now holds the record for that span of time, outing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($82.4 million).
Frozen saw a $67.4 million take over the three-day weekend and $93.6 million in the five-day long weekend. These figures put Frozen in number one as the highest grossing opener for the three-day and five-day for Thanksgiving weekend. Not bad. Not bad at all.
With the top two films raking in the most cash this weekend, the rest of the films were lost in the chaos, hoping anyone would show up. Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World came in third with only $11.08 million. Not bad for its fourth weekend, falling only 21 percent in retention, but as you can see, leagues behind Frozen. Worldwide, The Dark World is just shy $600 million and should have no problem achieving that in the coming week.
Winding up in fourth was The Best Man Holiday. Reaching a total gross of $8.17 million over the three day, it brings the film’s total now to $63 million domestically.
If you weren’t aware, there were a few new films out this weekend. Rounding out the top five was the new Jason Statham/James Franco movie Homefront. With Catching Fire and Thor taking all of the action and fathers being dragged to Frozen, Homefront didn’t have much of an enthusiastic opening three-day weekend with only $6.91 million.
In its second weekend, Delivery Man kept strong in tall of the clutter of the holiday. Loosing only 14 percent of its audiences, which is pretty darn impressive, the Vince Vaughn dramedy earned itself $6.83 million.
Black Nativity also opened up this weekend and found itself in ninth with $3.66 million. The religious holiday musical may have had too narrow of a niche to reach broader audiences and may not have much of a shelf life.
Having a new animated film in town didn’t fair well with Free Birds. The Thanksgiving centric film fell from fifth to fourteenth, as it lost 784 theaters, falling 65 percent, and only earned $1.83 million. Proves how much of a turkey it really was.
And finally Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake entered theaters this weekend in 583 theaters and barely broke $1 million over the five-day time frame it has been around. Earning only $1.28 million, it would be apparent that audiences who had never heard of the original had no idea what to think of the film and fans of the original did not want anything to do with it. I would find it highly unlikely for the film to expand any further.
(Click the image below to enlarge the chart. All figures are domestic box office.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
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Source: Box Office Mojo