‘Frozen’ Solid Wednesday with $15.2 Million; ‘Catching Fire’ Still No. 1

'Homefront' leading the pack of newcomers including a stale 'Oldboy' and modest Fox entries

'Frozen' Solid Wednesday with $15.2 Million; 'Catching Fire' Still No. 1

With only a small lead over Disney toon “Frozen,” Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is expected to win the Thanksgiving extended frame with upwards of $85 million.

The actioner earned $20.7 million Wednesday, bringing its domestic cume to $206.4 million in only six days. It is now the sixth fastest film to cross the $200 million mark after “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “The Dark Knight Rises” (“Rises” also took six days, but wound up with $211.8 million).

“Frozen” bowed Wednesday to $15.2 million and is expected to earn between $70 million and $80 million catering to families with young children this weekend. Though Thanksgiving Day isn’t generally a big moviegoing day, “Frozen” should see about 11% of its five-day haul from the holiday itself.

Other openers counterprogramming the weekend’s big bows are doing so with mixed success.

Open Road bowed “Homefront” Wednesday to $1.4 million from 2,570 locations, marking the strongest start, especially in contrast to the frame’s other adult-skewing film, “Oldboy,” which is bombing at the box office. It’s expected to make just $2.5 million in five days from 583 playdates with no current plans for expansion.

Fox has two films opening or expanding this weekend, “The Book Thief” and “Black Nativity,” the latter from its Fox Searchlight banner. Each earned about $725,000 and $440,000, respectively, from 1,234 and 1,516 locations.