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Box Office: ‘Frozen’ Ices ‘Fire’ in Weekend Showdown; ‘Furnace’ Fails to Gain Any Heat

Disney toon grosses $32 million, eclipsing 'Hunger Games' with $27 million

As most of the nation dealt with wintry weather this weekend, it seemed fitting that Disney’s “Frozen” walked away with domestic box office crown, estimating $31.6 million, enough to eclipse Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which ended the three-day frame with $27 million.

In three weeks, “Catching Fire” has amassed nearly $675 million globally, of which $336.7 million comes from the States. “Frozen” has cumed $190.2 million worldwide, including $134.3 million domestically.

Prior to the weekend, the pair had been tracking neck-and-neck, with each expected to gross north of $30 million, based on past comparisons for this same weekend, as well as a lack of new competition in the marketplace.

Relativity Media’s revenge drama “Out of the Furnace” marked the only new wide release and posted a disappointing $5.3 million through Sunday. A company spokesperson commented on the performance saying, “There’s no better swing for a studio to take than one with a daring story from a renowned director and an award-winning cast. While we had hoped it would perform better this weekend, we are all proud of this movie.”

Out of the Furnace,” which was financed partly by Red Granite Pictures, cost $22 million to produce, according to Relativity, with nearly half of the total covered by foreign pre-sales. Though even with a relatively modest budget, the film is a miss given that it will be hard-pressed to ignite further interest in a crowded holiday period.

The lack of wide new entries likely helped CBS Films’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” — that and the massive popularity of helmers Joel and Ethan Coen — as the film scored a whopping $100,500 per-screen average, the year’s second-best for a live-action film (behind “Blue Jasmine,” at $102,011). “Inside Llewyn Davis” bowed at four locations, estimated a total $402,000.

“Frozen,” meanwhile, benefits from being the latest all-ages family film to enter the picture and should continue to play solidly through Christmas. So far, the 3D toon has posted an animated $55.9 million from just 23 overseas territories, or 45% of the international marketplace.

Disney bowed the film in the U.K., where it estimated $7.4 million, as well as in France, which contributed an estimated $5.8 million in five days.

Domestic

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Locations; Per-theater average; Cume*; Percentage change

  1. Frozen (3): $31.6; 3,742; $8,456; $134.3; -53%
  2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (3): $27.0; 4,163; $6,486; $336.7; -64%
  3. Out of the Furnace (1): $5.3; 2,101; $2,523; $5.3; —
  4. Thor: The Dark World (5): $4.7; 3,074; $1,542; $193.6; -57%
  5. Delivery Man (3): $3.8; 2,905; $1,299; $24.8; -45%
  6. Homefront (2): $3.4; 2,570; $1,317; $15.3; -51%
  7. The Book Thief (5): $2.7; 1,316; $2,052; $12.1; -45%
  8. The Best Man Holiday (4): $2.7; 1,577; $1,695; $67.2; -67%
  9. Philomena (3): $2.3; 835; $2,733; $8.3; -38%
  10. Dallas Buyers Club (6): $1.5; 734; $1,987; $12.4; -42%

Overseas

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Territories; Locations; Int’l cume*; Global cume*; Percentage change

  1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (4): $44.3; 83; n/a; $336.7; $673.4; -51%
  2. Frozen (2): $30.6; 23; n/a; $55.9; $190.2; +71%
  3. Gravity (10): $10.7; 47; 4,000+; $380.0; $631.5; -60%
  4. Captain Phillips (8): $6.2; 70; 3,495; $95.8; $199.3; -7%
  5. Carrie (8): $6.0; 35; 2,625; $38.0; $73.3; +62%

*in millions 0f $

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