Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 24, 2013

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Nov 24 Box Office Catching Fire Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 24, 2013

The box office caught fire this weekend, as the biggest blockbuster of the season asserted its dominance.

No surprise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (read our review) is the number 1 film with a massive $161.1 million. That tally puts the film in the number 4 spot for the biggest opening weekend of all time – behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – and the second best opening weekend of 2013.

However, while Catching Fire did outgross its predecessor’s $152 million opening, it didn’t do so by as much as some analysts expected. It seems that the $160-170 million range is the current threshold for a non-3D release, as both this film and The Dark Knight Rises hit similar marks.

The good news for The Hunger Games – besides this huge opening weekend, of course – is that Catching Fire is doing much better overseas than its predecessor did. The sequel is at $307 million worldwide, leaving us to wonder where it will end up on the domestic and worldwide lists when the dust settles.

Coming in at a distant number 2 is Thor: The Dark World with $14.1 million. Although Marvel’s latest big budget sequel had its time in the limelight, it’s hard not to point out that the film’s $168 million after 3 weeks is only a little more than Catching Fire made in three days. That’s not a knock against Thor, mind you, only a sign of The Hunger Games franchise’s place among the blockbusters. Still, Thor: The Dark World is also pulling in big numbers overseas, grossing $548 million worldwide.

The Best Man Holiday comes in at number 3 with $12.5 million. Universal’s romance/comedy is doing very well against some stiff competition, and has grossed $50 million after only two weeks.

Delivery Man Trailer 2013 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 24, 2013

In at number 4 is Delivery Man (read our review) with $8.2 million. Although reviews for this latest Vince Vaughn comedy were better than some of the actor’s previous films, a sub-$10 million opening suggests audiences have lost interest in the actor.

Even Vaughn’s other 2013 release, The Internship, opened with a halfway decent $17 million, and finished with $44 million overall. Delivery Man will be lucky to get even half that. He may have been a bankable name in the comedy genre at one point, but clearly Vaughn’s appeal has waned considerably.

Rounding out the top 5 is the animated film Free Birds with $5.3 million. With little competition to contend with, Free Birds appears to be holding steady in the top 5, but that should change once Frozen hits next week. Nevertheless the film has grossed $48 million after 4 weeks.

The number 6 film this weekend is Last Vegas with $4.4 million. This senior-focused, Hangover-esque film continues to trade spots with Free Birds, while also grossing a commendable $53 million in the process.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is the number 7 film this weekend with $3.4 million. Now at $95 million overall, this Jackass spin-off has cemented its place as the second highest grossing film in the franchise, and a breakout hit.

Sandra Bullocks Hairstyle in Gravity Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 24, 2013

Coming in at number 8 is Gravity with $3.3 million. Although the film didn’t jump up in the 2013 Highest Grossers list this week, it’s still sitting pretty with $245 million overall.

In at number 9 is 12 Years a Slave with $2.8 million. The film has grossed $29 million after 6 weeks.

Dallas Buyers Club rounds out the top 10 with $2.7 million. The film has been receiving mostly positive praise from critics, and should be a contender come awards season, but it has only grossed $6 million after 4 weeks.

Outside the top 10: the Stephen Frears-directed dramedy Philomena (read our review) opened with $133,700 on only 4 screens for a per-screen-average of $33,425.


[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, November 25th – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. do i need a chair and typewriter?

  2. wow Thor seems to have hit the brakes hard

    • Yeah.

      It seems that the last two 2013 movies that MIGHT alter the current top 10 films – domestically and internationally – are “Catching Fire” and “Hobbit 2″ respectively.

      Top 5 2013 Domestic:

      1. IM3
      2. Despicable Me 2
      3. Man Of Steel
      4. Monsters University
      5. Gravity

      Top 5 2013 Worldwide:

      1. IM3
      2. Despicable Me 2
      3. Fast n Furious 6
      4. Monsters University
      5. Man Of Steel

      • damm i didn’t realize how profitable Despicable Me 2 and Monsters U became, plus the toys etc…

      • You could confidently say that catching fire and the hobbit will be 2 and 3 on the worldwide list IMO

    • It’s grossed $550 million so far, and yet to realize in Japan. It’s going to surpass $600 IMO.

  3. Wow. Imagine Antman against Batman vs superman. Booomb

    • Dude, Ant-Man is gonna show Batman vs Superman and Avengers: Age of Ultron how to make some real money.

      • Origins never make the big money brother.
        Spider-Man was the highest grossing Origin ever at 400 mil.
        And that was the VERY popular Spider-Man, not the barely knowm Ant-Man.

        No other Origin even came close to Spidey with the second highest being Iron Man at like 300 and some mil and Man of Steel at 290 some mil.

        Ant-Man will get trounced by AV2 and BvS. But I am guessing you knew that, and were being sarcastic?

    • To quote Nick Fury/Samuel L Jackson from “The Avengers” once Loki has been locked up;


      • Hulk.


  4. I have yet to watch “The Hunger Games”

    Is it that good or is this Twilight Part 2?

    • They seem to be very love it or hate it, but I’m in the crowd that loves it, so I recommend a yes, watch it. The only Twilight-type elements it has is that there’s a love triangle involved, but it’s more of a side story arc than the main appeal.

      If you do think you might be interested in watching THG though, I recommend looking into it first. See if it sounds like something that might appeal to me. When I first heard of the books, I was immediately taken in by the concept of it because I love Battle Royale type of plots. If it’s not something that makes you interested in watching, it probably won’t be your thing. Also, if you decide to watch it, make sure you watch the first movie before the second. The second one isn’t the type of sequel that’s just easy to jump into, it’s a continuation of the story from the first and you’ll be lost if you haven’t seen the first one.

      I definitely say give it a shot. The first one was one of my favorite movies of last year, and after seeing the second one tonight I think I have to say the same thing this year too.

      • I appreciate you taking the time to reply; maybe I should have stated that I know exactly what it is about, and that I would NEVER watch a sequel before the original.

        My reason to have not watched the first thus far is that I know it was based on novels aimed at teenage audiences. I tend to strongly dislike books like this, and the movies made from them.

        Concept means nothing. Vampires and werewolves make for a great concept. That doesn’t mean Twilight was something readable (i tried) or watchable (I tried again)
        But, I think I may try this one out, worst case I’m out a couple bucks and a couple hours.

        • The hunger games is in a completely different league to other YA adaptations.

    • I rented it over the weekend. I liked it a lot actually. It’s a pretty good dystopic future sci-fi movie. I would have thought Jennifer Lawrence would not be a convincing teenager, but she was (at least as much as the typical “teenager” in media). Also, a lot of the characters seemed to have a lot going on under the surface. I’m sure the books got into it more, but it seemed like a decent movie version. Also, loved the scenery.

  5. Happy to hear people are sick of Vaughn and his “style”. It’s been over a decade now that he has been doing the same thing. He’s rich now, time to move on hopefully.