Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" hot at weekend box office with $158.1 million

Another year, another YA blockbuster breaks tons of box office records. This one actually happens to be quite good, so I can't say that I'm upset. It just seems like an ongoing trend that every year a new Twilight, Hunger Games, or Harry Potter (which I barely count as YA) come along and top the previous films. This year, it was Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which won the weekend box office with ease and grossed a November record $158.1 million while doing it. While the opening of Catching Fire topped that of the first Hunger Games, there is a bit of disappointment in Hollywood currently. A lot of people expected the film to open in the range of $170- $190 million, and the total it did amass didn't live up to the expectations of box office pundits across the country. However, the film received an "A" Cinemascore and with the Thanksgiving holidays coming up, word of mouth should carry over for a very good multiplier.

Beyond The Hunger Games, the box office was desolate this weekend. Thor: The Dark World remained in second place with a weekend gross of $14.1 million. That's enough to raise its total to $167.9 million. At this point, the film is just short of the original Thor, but should pass that film in the near future and fly past $200 million. Behind Thor in third place was The Best Man Holiday. The Christmas-themed film, which received an "A+" Cinemascore from audiences in its first week, dropped 59% for a weekend gross of $12.4 million. The Best Man Holiday has now grossed $50.3 million. Despite the hard drop, expect this film to play well over the holidays.

The other wide release of the weekend was Vince Vaughn's Delivery Man. The dramedy grossed $7.9 million in its opening weekend, which was short of expectations. The film received a "B+" Cinemascore, but I doubt that this film will have much staying power. In fifth place was Relativity's Free Birds, which grossed $5.3 million over the weekend to raise its total to $48.6 million. The film could see a Thanksgiving boost, but with Frozen, I doubt it will be anything significant. Last Vegas placed in sixth this weekend with $4.3 million, which was enough to raise its total to $53.8 million. That's a solid total for the relatively inexpensive comedy.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa placed in seventh with another $3.4 million to add onto its total. The raunchy comedy has now grossed $95.4 million and could pass $100 million very soon. Gravity has started to fall at the box office and finished in eighth place this weekend with $3.2 million. The sci-fi drama has now grossed $245.4 million. 12 Years a Slave has also started to drop in grosses, as it only grossed $2.8 million in ninth place this weekend. The brutal slavery drama has now grossed $29.4 million. And finally to round out the top ten, Dallas Buyers Club placed in tenth with $2.6 million for a $6.3 million total.

This coming weekend sees the release of Frozen, Homefront, Oldboy and Black Nativity. Here are my predictions for the five-day weekend. 

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire- $95 million
2. Frozen- $75.6 million
3. Thor: The Dark World- $12.3 million
4. The Best Man Holiday- $12 million
5. Black Nativity- $11.7 million
6. Homefront- $10 million
7. Delivery Man- $6 million
8. Last Vegas- $3.9 million
9. 12 Years a Slave- $2.8 million
10. Oldboy- $2.7 million


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