Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: December 1, 2013

Dec 1 Box Office - Frozen

Several box office records were broken over the Thanksgiving holiday, as last weekend's top film continued its dominance.

In the number 1 spot once again is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with $74 million from Friday to Sunday. Additionally, the film hauled in a massive $110 million over the 5-day holiday weekend.

As if the film's huge opening weekend wasn't enough, Catching Fire trounced Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's Thanksgiving record of $80 million. Not to mention the film has grossed $295 million domestic after only two weeks and is already the 3rd highest-grossing film of 2013. Combining that with a worldwide total of $573 million, there's an outside chance the film will finish with $1 billion total.

Not too far behind Catching Fire is the Disney animated film Frozen (read our review), which pulled in $66 million over the weekend and $93 million since Wednesday. Like Catching Fire, Frozen broke the previous Thanksgiving weekend record, but unfortunately only one film can hold the title.

Nevertheless, Frozen has set a new benchmark for Walt Disney Animation Studios, besting all of their previous films' opening weekends by a decent margin. As arguably the only family-friendly release in the top 10, Frozen had a huge advantage, and it did well to capitalize on it.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in 'Thor: The Dark World'

The number 3 film this weekend is Thor: The Dark World with $11 million. Once again, Thor 2 struggled to make a dent on the weekend box office as its biggest competition breaks records left and right. Nevertheless, the film ($186 million domestic) has done excellent business overall, surpassing the first film's domestic total of $180 million after only 3 weeks and pulling in an additional $404 million overseas.

Coming in at number 4 is The Best Man Holiday with a 3-day total of $8 million. With $63 million after three weeks, this sequel has already doubled its 1999 predecessor's total gross, and is well on its way to possibly cracking $100 million total.

The action flick Homefront rounds out the top 5 with $6.97 million and $9.8 million over the 5-day weekend. Stars Jason Statham and James Franco have certainly seen better days at the box office, even with 2013 releases. The stiff competition from the top 5 and a lack of marketing likely hurt this film's chances.

Delivery Man takes the number 6 spot with $6.93 million. Now at $19 million after 2 weeks, it's safe to call this one a flop.

Dec 1 Box Office - Homefront

In at number 7 is the feature film adaptation The Book Thief (read our review), which pulled in $4.85 million over the weekend. Since expanding to 1,000+ screens, the film has seen a big uptick in box office revenue and is now at $7 million overall.

Black Nativity (read our review) is the number 8 film this weekend with a 3-day total of $3.8 million and a 5-day total of $5 million. While it looked like Black Nativity might not crack the top 10 heading into the weekend, it defied expectations thanks to a major box office boost on Friday. That being said, a $5 million tally over 5 days is a poor debut for a film with specific holiday-themed appeals.

Coming in at number 9 is Philomena (read our review) with $3.8 million over the weekend and $4.6 million through the holiday. The film, which stars Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, did decent business during its limited, 835-theater debut, and has been receiving mostly positive reviews from critics.

Rounding out the top is Last Vegas with $2.7 million. While the comedy did drop substantially in its fourth weekend, it has still pulled in a respectable $58 million during that span.

Outside the top 10: Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy (read our review) absolutely tanked with $850,000 on 583 screens ($1,458/screen) and $1.2 million since opening on Wednesday. While reviews for the film have been mostly negative, and the marketing was barely there, most expected a little better debut out of this one. At the very least, perhaps Oldboy's box office performance will serve as a lesson with regard to remakes of already-great films.


[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, December 2nd - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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