The weather outside was frightful, and the forecast for the cinemas was Frozen as well. Sorry for that awful opening. I just couldn't help it. On a weekend that saw a ton of bad weather hit the country, Frozen topped the box office with $31.6 million in first place. That's a fantastic 53% drop, which is stronger than 2010's Tangled. The film should stay strong throughout the holiday season. Frozen is an excellent film, and with little animated competition, should dominate and finish with above $275 million. Its current total sits at $134.2 million
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire placed in second this weekend with $27 million. That's a steep drop of 64% for the dystopian sequel but with $336.6 million in the bank so far, it's safe to say that Catching Fire is in good shape. However, with strong competition coming soon, I'm not certain that Catching Fire will be able to top its predecessor. The only new wide release of the weekend was Relativity Media's Out of the Furnace, which starred Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson. The dark revenge drama finished in third place with a $5.3 million weekend. That's a very weak total, and with little Oscar buzz, and a "C+" Cinemascore, I doubt that the film will go anywhere.
After that, the box office is pretty desolate. Thor: The Dark World placed in fourth with a $4.7 million weekend. That film should pass $200 million soon, but currently sits at $193.6 million. Delivery Man finished in fifth place with a $3.7 million weekend. The film has seen solid word of mouth, but still is far from being a big hit. So far, Delivery Man has grossed $24.79 million. Sixth place belonged to Homefront, which grossed $3.38 million this weekend. That's a 51% drop, which is neither spectacular nor disappointing. The film has grossed $15.2 million so far.
The Book Thief, which had a slow rollout into theaters, finished in seventh place with $2.7 million. That's a bit of a drop from last weekend, but the drama from Fox has now grossed $12.07 million. That's a decent total for the film and could increase in the coming weeks. The Best Man Holiday fell hard to eighth place with a $2.67 million weekend. The film, which received an "A+" Cinemascore, yet disappointed in the following weeks, has grossed $67.2 million so far. I doubt it will go much higher. Philomena finished in ninth place with $2.2 million. The British drama fell only 38% and has now grossed $8.2 million. And finally, Dallas Buyers Club rounded out the top ten with $1.45 million. The AIDS drama has now grossed $12.4 million.
In other news, Gravity crossed the $250 million milestone at the domestic box office. Also, Inside Llewyn Davis finished with $401,000 this weekend in four theaters, for an impressive $100,250 per theater average. Inside Llewyn Davis expands into more theaters on December 20. On the foreign front, 47 Ronin flopped in Japan with $1.3 million.
Next weekend sees the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas. Here are my predictions:
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug- $78.5 million
2. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas- $26.2 million
3. Frozen- $20 million
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire- $13.4 million
5. Thor: The Dark World- $3.1 million
6. Delivery Man- $2.8 million
7. Homefront- $2.6 million
8. Out of the Furnace- $2.5 million
9. The Book Thief- $2.2 million
10. Philomena- $1.78 million