The post-Thanksgiving/first December weekend is historically a slow point in the holiday market, and this year is proving to be no exception.
Lionsgate reports this morning that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned $7.7 million on Friday, winning the day and putting it on track for a $27.5 million third weekend. To date, Catching Fire has earned $317.4 million domestically--12.5 percent ahead of the 15-day gross of the original Hunger Games.
Disney's Frozen claimed the runner-up spot on Friday with $6.815 million. It should, however, post strong enough Saturday and Sunday business to claim first place for the weekend when all is said and done. BoxOffice projects the hit animated film will tally $29 million in its sophomore weekend. Through Friday, Frozen's 10th day of wide release, the pic has amassed an impressive $109.45 million. At the same point in release, Tangled had brought in 37 percent less (with $80.1 million) back in 2010.
As expected, Relativity's Out of the Furnace got off to a soft start on Friday. The Christian Bale starrer grossed $1.88 million in its first day of wide release (having opened in 4 theaters on Wednesday). That's noticeably less than the $2.5 million Killing Them Softly drew in its first day over the same weekend last year and puts Furnace on pace for a $5.5 million debut.
Thor: The Dark World posted another $1.29 million yesterday and bumped its domestic cume up to $190.2 million as it inches closer to the $200 million threshold. BoxOffice projects The Dark World will land around $4.7 million for the weekend.
Meanwhile, Homefront grabbed $1 million yesterday to boost its total gross up to $12.9 million. BoxOffice projects a $3.3 million second weekend for the Open Road thriller.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris