A significant shake-up in the top spot highlighted an otherwise slow box office weekend.
In at number 1 is Disney Animation's Frozen with $31 million. Although the film opened in the number 2 spot last weekend, Frozen was able to leapfrog the reigning box office king thanks to a record-breaking post-Thanksgiving performance. Now at $134 million, Frozen is well on its way to becoming Disney Animation's highest grossing film ever.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell to the number 2 spot (after two straight weeks of box office dominance) with $27 million. Although the film's 64% drop-off is rather steep, the folks at Lionsgate still have plenty to be happy about. Catching Fire has amassed $336 million after only three weeks and will clear $400 million no problem, and its $673 million worldwide total is good for 5th place among 2013 releases.
This week's only new release, the Christian Bale drama Out of the Furnace (read our review), comes in at number 3 with $5.3 million. Admittedly, this is a very different film from most of Bale's bigger box office draws, but most expected the film to do better. In fact, most of the other disappointing dramas from this year did slightly better than Out of the Furnace on opening weekend.
In at number 4 is Thor: The Dark World with $4.7 million. Although Catching Fire and Frozen have taken most of the wind out of Thor's sails and The Hobbit will come in next weekend to finish the job, the Marvel sequel made the most of its time in the spotlight. Now at $193 million, Thor 2 will definitely clear $200 million, and is the 8th highest grossing 2013 release worldwide with $610 million.
Delivery Man rounds out the top 5 with $3.7 million, bringing its domestic total up to a paltry $24 million after three weeks. The good news is that the film will clear its $26 million budget when all is said and done, but not by much.
Coming in at number 6 is Homefront with $3.3 million. Although Homefront, which debuted last week, opened with a better tally than Out of the Furnace, the film's overall performance is still extremely poor, having grossed $15 million after two weeks.
Holding at the number 7 spot is The Book Thief with $2.7 million. While the film did increase its overall theater count, it didn't make any appreciable jump forward. The Book Thief is now at $12 million overall.
The Best Man Holiday comes in at number 8 with $2.6 million, which ups its domestic total to $67 million. Although the film took a substantial dip from last weekend – like most films – it's still yet another overwhelming success for Universal.
In at number 9 is Philomena with $2.2 million. Despite a relatively low key marketing push, the film has been hanging in there thanks in large part to positive word of mouth, especially for star Judi Dench. The film is now at $8 million domestic.
Rounding out the top 10 is Dallas Buyers Club, which jumped back into the top 10 with $1.4 million. Like many of the films in the top 10, Dallas Buyers Club benefited from a relatively weak overall box office weekend and strong word of mouth. Thus far, the film has grossed $12 million.
Outside the top 10: the Coen Brothers' latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, opened on just 4 screens this weekend, but amassed $401,000 from that very limited debut. The film will continue to expand throughout the month, but it has already set the bar pretty high with a $100,250 per-screen-average.
[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 9th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo