In its second weekend, 'Frozen' tops 'Games'

  • Updated: December 8, 2013 - 6:05 PM
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– In its second weekend at the box office, the Disney animated tale “Frozen” finally cooled off “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” while the week’s lone new wide-release “Out of the Furnace” wasn’t a match for either blockbuster.

According to studio estimates Sunday, “Frozen” led the multiplexes with a haul of $31.6 million over the weekend, taking over the top spot from “Catching Fire.” Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” sequel had topped the box office for the last two weeks, but slid to ­second with $27 million in its third week of release.

Relativity Media’s steel-town drama “Out of the Furnace,” starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, posed no challenge for the bigger blockbuster holdovers. It opened with $5.3 million, good enough for third place on what’s typically a quiet early December weekend, sandwiched between Thanksgiving and the coming holiday season releases.

Opening in a limited release of four theaters, the Coen brothers’ folk tale “Inside Llewyn Davis” also had one of the year’s highest per-theater averages of $100,500 for CBS Films.

In its second week of limited release, the Weinstein Co.’s biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba, continued to play in four theaters, earning an average of $19,400 per ­theater. “Mandela” opens wide on Christmas.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday, according to Rentrak:

 

1. “Frozen,” $31.6 million.

2. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” $27 million.

3. “Out of the Furnace,” $5.3 million.

4. “Thor: The Dark World,” $4.7 ­million.

5. “Delivery Man,” $3.8 million.

6. “Homefront,” $3.4 million.

7. “The Book Thief,” $2.7 million.

8. “The Best Man Holiday,” $2.7 ­million.

9. “Philomena,” $2.3 million.

10.“Dallas Buyers Club,” $1.5 ­million.

Associated Press

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