Two Hot Movies Shatter Box Office Records, Combine for a Big Holiday Weekend Businessweek
All it took was two hot holiday releases to get movie goers into the theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. BloombergBusinessweek reports that the latest "Hunger Games" movie and Disney's animated musical "Frozen" both topped the previous record for the long weekend.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" pulled in an estimated $110 million in North American box office sales from Wednesday through Sunday to stand as the new title holder for the holiday weekend. The previous record for the period belonged to the 2001 release "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," with $82 million.
That mark was also topped over the weekend by "Frozen," which tallied $93 million to move into second place all time behind "Catching Fire."
Third place over the weekend went to "Thor: The Dark World," which was released a month ago but still managed to hammer out sales of $16 million at the box office.
"U.S. consumers usually buy plenty of junk over Thanksgiving -- movie tickets included. But the two standout films last week were buttressed by solid reviews. RottenTomatoes.com, which aggregates professional critics, has an 89 percent approval rating on 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' with 'Frozen' coming in at 84 percent," the report notes.
The piece adds: "Last year, moviegoers were presented with 'Red Dawn,' and 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,' which combined only came up with a fairly rotten 60 percent rating. Comparatively, they brought in $58 million."
The report notes that Lionsgate has the third and fourth movies in its "Hunger Games" series lined up for release during the next two Thanksgiving holiday weekends.