Box Office Aftermath: ‘Catching Fire’ Slips From the Top Against ‘Frozen’

Disney's Frozen 2013 Screenshot Princess Elsa

Rounding out weekend of December 6-8, 2013, Frozen dominated over the competition, 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.

Refraining from using the words “chill” or “cools,” Frozen was able to hold off the fiery competition of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and newcomer Out of the Furnace. The Disney darling ended up snagging another $31.61 million to its already impressive domestic gross. Crossing over $100 million over the past week, Frozen‘s second week total domestic, wide release gross is now $134.25 million. Last year, WreckIt Ralph was only able to capture $93 million in its second weekend, with a total domestic gross of $189 million overall. It’s definitely safe to say that Frozen is on its way to overtake its predecessor, but it could possibly be stopped short thanks to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this coming weekend.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell to second, earning itself $26.18 million. The young adult sequel has now surpassed the $300 million mark domestically. The film still trails behind its predecessor to, whereas The Hunger Games grossed $408 million domestically by the time it left theaters. There is still plenty of life left in the film and should come close to reaching the same amount. Catching Fire is at the same mark The Hunger Games was at in its fourth weekend, but that film came out in the midst of summer. So we’ll see how well this sequel does during Oscar season.

The new combatant to the arena, Out of the Furnace found a home in third place. Grossing only $5.22 million, the film looks to be one of the biggest flops of the year. With such a star cast, the movie just wasn’t compelling enough to draw in the crowds. Without the cape and cowl, Christian Bale doesn’t appear to be all that bankable.

Thor: The Dark World is still hoofing it strong in the top five. Coming in fourth, the Marvel sequel earned itself another $4.81 million, bringing it just shy of $200 million, which would make it the non-Iron Man, non-Avengers film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to cross that plateau.

In a surprise turn of events, Delivery Man held its own and capped off the top five films of the weekend. Taking in $3.74 million, the Vince Vaughn dramedy has just about earned back its production budget of $26 million. I wouldn’t suspect it going much further with bigger, better dramas coming our way in the next few weeks.

In its second weekend, Homefront took a bow out of the top five, coming in sixth. Grabbing $3.42 million, Homefront’s retention fell 50 percent and will most likely lose a lot more next weekend with Smaug also.

Also in its second weekend, Black Nativity plummeted from ninth to fourteenth, falling 72 percent. Gaining an additional nine theaters didn’t help the cause for the African America Christmas musical. No one is in the spirit of the holiday this year. Grossing only $1.02 million, the fat lady is singing.

On the bright side, in its opening weekend in just four theaters, Inside Llewyn Davis earned $404 thousand. If you do the math, that calculates a total of $101 thousand per theater gross, making its theater average the eighteenth all-time opening for a movie ever.

(Click the image below to enlarge the chart. All figures are domestic box office.)

Weekend Box Office Results 2013 December 8

Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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