‘Frozen’ Opens Strong, While ‘Catching Fire’ is Still Cooking


Other openers continue to struggle, especially 'Oldboy'

Disney should feel good about its frosty feature this frame. Among a crowded slate of newcomers, the Mouse’s “Frozen” appears to be the only one to break into the top five.

Leading the holdovers, Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is burning bright for the second weekend with an anticipated $110 million in five days. With a little luck, the dystopian actioner may cross $300 million domestically and should definitely cross $500 million worldwide by Monday.

Programming for families with children who may be too young for “Catching Fire,” “Frozen” is headed for second with around $90 million Wednesday-Sunday. The record-holders for Thanksgiving openers include “Toy Story 2” and “Tangled” in the first and second slots, so Disney has proven its strategy with this frame and it’s paying off handsomely for “Frozen.”

Other strong holdovers this frame include Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World” (est. five-day $15 million), Universal’s “The Best Man Holiday” ($8 million) and Disney’s “Delivery Man” ($7 million).

Less promising are “Frozen’s” fellow openers led by Open Road’s “Homefront,” which earned $2.6 million Friday and is likely to make around $6 million in five days. Behind “Homefront,” a pair of Fox openers, “The Book Thief” and “Black Nativity,” are likely to take five-day hauls of $5 million and $4 million, respectively.

FilmDistrict is keeping mum on “Oldboy’s” take until tomorrow, but rival studio estimates have the thriller in 18th place with $1.2 million, even lower than Variety’s previous dismal estimate.

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