Catching Fire breaks US box office record

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke another US box office record over the Thanksgiving period.

Catching Fire‘s Friday to Sunday screenings amassed $74.5 million, bringing the sequel’s overall total to $296.5m.

Despite landing one place behind Catching Fire, Disney’s latest release Frozen celebrated a record of its own. The Kristen Bell-voiced animation brought in $93m over the long weekend, breaking the Thanksgiving record for highest debut – previously held by Toy Story 2 in 1999 with $80m.

Overall the US box office achieved an all-time high over the holiday weekend, taking in around $294m and beating last year’s record-breaking $291m.

Elsewhere in the chart, Homefront made its debut at number five pulling in $6.9m, while Black Nativity opened at number eight with $5m.

Several movies fell out of the top ten this week, including Gravity after eight weeks.

The US weekend box office top ten in full (studio estimates:
1. (2) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $161,125,000
2. (-) Frozen – $93,000,000
2. (4) Thor: The Dark World – $11,108,000
4. (3) The Best Man Holiday – $8,491,000
5. (-) Homefront – $6,970,000
4. (2) Delivery Man – $6,931,000
7. (4) The Book Thief – 4,850,000
8. (-) Black Nativity – $3,880,000
9. (2) Philomena – $3,789,000
10. (4) Last Vegas – $2,785,000

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