Box Office: 'Frozen' Tops 'Catching Fire'; 'Out of the Furnace' DOA
Disney's Frozen climbed to No. 1 in its second weekend with $31.6 million from 3,742 theaters, toppling The Hunger Games: Catching Fire from the top spot. Overseas, the 3D animated pic took in a strong $30.6 million from 23 markets for a stellar worldwide total of $190.2 million.
Box-office revenue was up 22 percent from the same weekend a year ago despite a nasty winter storm moving up the Ohio Valley. The weekend after Thanksgiving is one of the slowest moviegoing frames of the year overall.
Catching Fire is still a powerful player globally, ending its third weekend with a massive worldwide gross of $673.4 million. Domestically, it earned $27 million from 4,163 theaters for a domestic total of $336.7 million. The sequel has nearly eclipsed the $691.2 million earned by the first The Hunger Games and has already earned more internationally ($336.7 million versus $283 million).
Both films made life impossible for Scott Cooper's gritty thriller Out of the Furnace despite its strong ensemble cast, led by Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck.
The Relativity release bombed in North America, grossing $5.3 million from 2,101 locations, marking the worst opening for a Bale film debuting in more than 2,000 theaters. The movie, earning a problematic C+ CinemaScore, was fueled by males (60 percent).
Receiving generally good to mixed reviews, Out of the Furnace cost $22 million to make, minimizing Relativity's financial risk (Red Granite was Relativity's partner on the project). The thriller stars Bale as a blue-collar worker in Pennsylvania who must rescue his brother (Affleck), an Iraq War veteran caught up with a ruthless crime ring. Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard also star. Cooper (Crazy Heart) wrote the script with Brad Ingelsby.
Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio, via his company Appian Way, produced Out of the Furnace alongside Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Relativity chief Ryan Kavanaugh and Michael Costigan.
After Frozen, Disney also took the No. 4 and No. 5 spots on the box-office chart with Marvel's Thor: The Dark World and DreamWorks' dramedy Delivery Man, respectively.
Thor 2 grossed $4.7 million from 3,074 theaters in its fifth weekend for a domestic total of $193.6 million. Overseas, it took in $5.4 million for a foreign total of $416.7 million and worldwide haul of $610.3 million.
Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn, is showing signs of life after a soft opening two weeks ago. The film, costing $22 million to make, fell only 45 percent in its third weekend to $3.8 million for a total $24.8 million.
Among award contenders, 20th Century Fox's The Book Thief, The Weinstein Co.'s Philomena and Focus Features' Dallas Buyers Club remained in the top 10 chart.
Book Thief declined a narrow 44 percent to $2.7 million from 1,316 theaters for a domestic total of $12.1 million.
Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, fell even less (41 percent), grossing $2.3 million for a total $8.3 million.
Playing in 734 theaters, Dallas Buyers Club dipped 42 percent to $1.5 million for a domestic total of $12.1 million.
Elsewhere, Paramount's spinoff Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa crossed the $100 million mark as it earned $855,000 domestically, putting its North American total at $100.1 million. Overseas, the Johnny Knoxville film has earned a strong $39.3 million for a worldwide total of $140 million.