Both ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and ‘Frozen’ have smashed the existing $82m Thanksgiving record of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ as the North American box office enjoyed a bumper session.
After a solid but unremarkable debut, ‘Catching Fire’ generated some serious momentum during the Thanksgiving period, grossing an outstanding $110.2m over the five days. Its Friday-Sunday $74.5m return was spectacular and ranks as the fourth highest ever second weekend. The film has already amassed an impressive $296m domestically during its ten days in play.
Disney’s ‘Frozen’ massively exceeded expectations on its debut, boosted by an outstanding ‘A+’ CinemaScore from first night audiences. The animation adventure earned a superb $93m over the session with 81% of its audience coming from families.
Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ remake, starring James Brolin, had a disastrous launch and could only muster an appalling $1.2m.
The overall Thanksgiving box office finished on $294m being $3m higher than the corresponding period last year.