Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'. Photo Credit: Lionsgate

‘Catching Fire’ Ignites the Box Office for the Second Week in a Row


It would seem as if the film that started with a spark has ignited a flame as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sits stop the Box Office for the second week in a row.

This week, the film pulled in $74.5 million, which is an average of $17,896 per theater. This brings the film’s two week total to $296.5 million.

The film, which is based off of the book series by bestselling author Suzanne Collins, stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the two victors of the 74th Annual Hunger Games from District 12.

In Catching Fire, we find Katniss and Peeta as they return home from the games only to depart once again on their obligatory Victor’s Tour. Things turn upside down for the “couple” as they are forced to re-enter the arena once more against some of the deadliest victors to ever enter the arena.

Not far behind Catching Fire is Walt Disney’s latest animated feature, Frozen.

Frozen debuted last week in a very limited release; as the week progressed, it was opened to more and more theaters leading up to this weekend.

The film is not too far behind Catching Fire, having brought in $66.7 million this weekend for a total of $93.3 million at the domestic Box Office.

Frozen is loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen. It tells the story of a fearless optimist Anna who teams up with Kristoff and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter.

In the third spot this week is Thor: The Dark World. The film pulled in $11.1 million over the holiday weekend, bringing their four week total to $186.7 million at the domestic Box Office.

Just behind Thor, taking the number four slot this weekend was director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest film The Best Man Holiday.

The Best Man Holiday pulled in $8.5 million, bringing their 3 week total to $63.4 million.

The film is the follow up to the 1999 film The Best Man. The film starts out as college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas Holiday only to realize how quickly old rivalries, and even old relationships, can spark right back up.

Debuting in the fifth slot this week is director Gary Fleder’s latest film, Homefront.

Homefront stars Jason Statham as a former DEA Agent named Phil Broker who moves his family to a quiet town, only to come face-to-face with a band of drug traffickers led by Gator, played by James Franco. In retaliation for putting away the leader of a biker gang, Danny T., during an undercover operation, Gator and his crew kidnap Broker’s daughter Maddy.

Also debuting this week is Black Nativity starring Forest Whitaker, American Horror Story’s Angela Basset, Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, and Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson.

After a very limited release last week, the film brought in just over $3.8 million this weekend. This brings their total to $5 million at the domestic Box Office.

Here is a look at the rest of the Top 10 at the Box Office this weekend courtesy of IMDb and Box Office Mojo.

  Title Weekend Gross Weeks
1 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $74.5 million $296.5 million 2
2 Frozen $66.7 million $93.4 million 2
3 Thor: The Dark World $11.1 million $186.7 million 4
4 The Best Man Holiday $8.5 million $63.4 million 3
5 Homefront $6.97 million $9.8 million 1
6 Delivery Man $6.9 million $19.5 million 2
7 The Book Thief $4.85 million $7.9 million 4
8 Black Nativity $3.9 million $5 million 1
9 Philomena $3.8 million $4.75 million 2
10 Last Vegas $2.79 million $58.7 million 5

 

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