Box office update: 'Catching Fire' tops Friday with $7.7 million, but 'Frozen' may take the weekend

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Even on a relatively quiet day at the box office, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still red-hot. After earning a record-breaking gross over the Thanksgiving frame, the sequel topped the chart yesterday, its third Friday, with $7.7 million. That sets the blockbuster up for a $27 million gross and about $337 million total through Sunday.

In second place, Disney’s animated musical Frozen grossed $6.8 million on its second Friday in wide release. While that number is slightly below expectations (I predicted a $34 million gross this weekend), family-friendly matinee showtimes on Saturday and Sunday should help Frozen hold up quite nicely over the rest of the frame. The film appears headed for a $28-29 million gross, which would let it surpass Catching Fire for the number one spot on the chart. Find out tomorrow where it lands.

One film that certainly won’t hit the number one spot is Out of the Furnace, which didn’t cook up much business on Friday with a weak $1.9 million from 2,101 theaters. The bleak Christian Bale vehicle, which got stamped with a troubling “C+” CinemaScore, may only take in about $5.5 million in its debut weekend.

Rounding out the Top 5 were two Disney films — Thor: The Dark World and Delivery Man. Thor pulled in another $1.3 million, which sets it up for a $4.5 million gross. Delivery Man earned $1.2 million and could find about $4 million in its third weekend.

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $7.7 million
2. Frozen – $6.8 million
3. Out of the Furnace – $5.5 million
4. Thor: The Dark World – $1.3 million
5. Delivery Man – $1.2 million

Further down the chart, the Coen Bros.’ latest Oscar contender, Inside Llewyn Davis, made quite an impression in its limited debut. The folk-singing tale scored a sizzling $123,000 from only four theaters, giving it a one-day per theater average of $30,750. It may finish the weekend with about $325,000, which bodes very well for its upcoming expansion.

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