The odds remained in the favour of The Hunger Game: Catching Fire this week with the science fiction sequel lighting up screens and leaving most of its competition in smoking ashes. Lionsgate look set to be giving thanks for the franchise for some time to come if it manages to keep attracting this amount of people in cinemas week after week. Though Thanksgiving is always a good time for movies, Catching Fire and its nearest competitor Frozen have broken records by dominating the box office this weekend. The animated family flick Frozen attempted to put out the fire started by Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson but only managed to freeze in second place taking $66.7m to Catching Fire’s $74.5m haul.
Thor: The Dark World held steady slipping back to number three in the charts but still taking a similar amount to the previous weekend and still pulling in impressive numbers considering this is its third weekend on release and the stiff competition it has faced. Similarly The Best Man Holiday and The Delivery Man both also held fairly steady. They have failed to spark up the box office ever since their releases but considering their budgets compared to the top three, they are doing reasonable business.
Apart from Frozen the other new releases for the week have seen disappointing figures. Jason Statham starrer Homefront pulled in some decent money but not enough to break the $10m mark over the five day weekend. This follows similar figures for his other recent solo action flicks Safe and Parker. The Book Thief adapted from a popular book limped to almost $5m after being screened in a small amount of theatres in previous weeks. It does not look to be gaining any new fans unfamiliar with the novel on which the film is based. Black Nativity meanwhile failed to pull in its target audience of either Christians or African Americans and debuted to a paltry $4m.
Still on release, Gravity and Last Vegas slipped to the bottom of the top 10 with Dallas Buyers Club just behind. The biggest surprise of the weekend came with the incredibly disappointing opening of Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy. From a $30m budget, the Josh Brolin starring revenge film took only approximately $1m and landed with an audible thud in the number 17 spot. It’s yet another flop on Brolin’s CV after the likes of Jonah Hex nearly scared audiences away from cinemas for life. With Spike Lee taking to Kickstarter to fund his next film, budding investors should take note of the dire performance of his latest and perhaps think again before forking out.
Expect The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to catch fire over the coming weeks.
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Peter Turner is the Box Office Reporter for TFM. Follow @ilovethatfilm