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Box office preview: 'Frozen' ready to cool down 'Catching Fire'

After a record-breaking Thanksgiving frame, the box office heads into the proverbial turkey-coma that is the first week of December. Only one new release, Out of the Furnace, is hitting theaters, leaving Frozen and Catching Fire to duke it out for the top spot. Which will win? Here’s how the chart may look this weekend:

1. Frozen – $34 million
Family films thrive over the Thanksgiving holiday — so much so that they’re destined to plummet in the following frame. Still, Frozen‘s glowing reception and complete lack of competition will help it maintain success for quite a while. If it falls 50 percent this weekend, it’s looking at a $34 million gross and a $136 million total. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' break Thanksgiving records

Stomachs weren’t the only thing full over Thanksgiving weekend — so were movie theaters showing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film pulled in a terrific $110.1 million over the Wednesday-to-Sunday period — $74.5 million of that during the traditional weekend frame — which gives the sequel a stunning $296.5 million domestic total after only 10 days. (The film has already pulled in a total of $573 million worldwide.)

Catching Fire set a new record for both the 3-day and 5-day Thanksgiving weekend, surpassing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which grossed $57.5 million/$82.4 million in 2001. Lionsgate’s $130 million sequel is now on track to easily outgross The Hunger Games‘ $408 million domestic total. And if it maintains this pace, it could climb above $450 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Catching Fire' surges to $31.3 million on Friday, 'Frozen' may score $100 million five-day debut

As previously reported, both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen are headed to record-breaking Thanksgiving weekends at the box office. But Black Friday numbers suggest that both films may be even bigger than originally thought — and both could pull in more than $100 million over the five-day frame!

Catching Fire topped the chart on Friday with a sizzling $31.3 million, which sent it right past the $250 million mark on its eighth day of release. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises are the only two films to ever reach $250 million faster. Catching Fire is currently on pace for a Friday-to-Sunday weekend in the $75-80 million range, which would trail only The Avengers as the best second weekend of all time. Factoring in the combined $35 million that Catching Fire earned on Wednesday and Thursday, the film may pull in $110-120 million over five days, giving it a total of $290-300 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Frozen' ready to storm the chart, but it won't beat 'Catching Fire'

Fire or ice? That’s the question that millions of moviegoers will answer this weekend at the box office as Disney’s animated musical Frozen goes head-to-head with record-breaking behemoth The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Will the family film be able to snuff out the blockbuster? Probably not. But it’s still set to do major business over the Wednesday-to-Sunday period. Here’s how things may shake out over the five-day frame:

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $91 million
Lionsgate’s $130 million sequel has lit up the box office since its arrival last Friday, and it’s poised to blitz past the $200 million mark on Wednesday, its sixth day of release. The film may add about $30 million to its total over Wednesday and Thursday, then another $61 million or so (a drop of about 60 percent) over the weekend. That would give it $91 million more and push its gross to about $278 million after only 10 days.
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Box office report: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' breaks November record with $161.1 million debut

The girl on fire is still burning bright! Lionsgate’s hotly anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trounced the competition over its first weekend at the box office, pulling in an estimated $161.1 million. That gross handily beats the $152.5 million opening of The Hunger Games, which opened in March 2012, and it stands as the best November debut of all time ahead of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which bowed with $142.9 million in 2009.

Only three films have ever opened higher than Catching Fire: The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million). Many prognosticators (this one included) thought Catching Fire might surpass Iron Man 3‘s opening earlier this year, but the superhero sequel had the notable advantage of 3-D ticket sales, and Catching Fire fell short. Still, if estimates hold up when final grosses are released tomorrow, Catching Fire will have bested The Dark Knight Rises as the highest 2-D opener of all time. Rises pulled in $160.9 million during its opening weekend in 2012. Even without 3-D appeal, Catching Fire played very well on IMAX screens. The large-screen format accounted for $12.6 million of its domestic debut. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Catching Fire' earns $70.5 million on Friday, may open lower than first 'Hunger Games'

UPDATE: Catching Fire opened to $161.1 million, the best November of all time.

On its first Friday in theaters, Lionsgate’s hotly anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire pulled in $70.5 million, a gross that includes $25.3 million that the film earned during Thursday night engagements beginning at 8 p.m.

Catching Fire was projected to open substantially higher than the original Hunger Games, which debuted with $152.5 million in March 2012, but it actually appears headed for a finish in the exact same range, perhaps earning around $150 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period. Though Catching Fire will likely score the best November opening of all time, ahead of The Twilight Saga: New Moon‘s $142.9 million bow, it will need great holds on Saturday and Sunday to take down Iron Man 3‘s $174.1 million opening (which benefitted from a boost from 3-D ticket sales) as the best of 2013, though it’s still a possibility.
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Box office report: 'Thor' stays on top with $38.5 million, but 'Best Man Holiday' brings the thunder

For the second weekend in a row, Marvel’s $170 million sequel Thor: The Dark World topped the domestic box office chart. The Chris Hemsworth vehicle fell 55 percent to $38.5 million, giving the comic book adaptation $147 million total so far. The Dark World is still on track to easily surpass the original Thor‘s $181 million domestic total in 2011, and it should finish above $200 million.

Internationally, the sequel has already earned more than its predecessor. The Dark World has grossed $332.8 million internationally and $479.8 million worldwide, far more than Thor’s $268 million and $449 million respective finishes. At this point, The Dark World seems headed for a finish above $700 million worldwide.

Thor wasn’t the only success story this weekend. The Best Man Holiday unwrapped an outstanding $30.5 million on opening weekend from 2,024 theaters, yielding an excellent $15,115 venue average — the best in the top-10. The film, which stars Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, and Regina Hall (among others), opened with $10.7 million on Friday, and then ticked up 15 percent on Saturday to $12 million — a rare boost on a film’s opening weekend that signifies great word-of-mouth. Audiences, which Universal reports were 75 percent female and 87 percent African-American, issued the film a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'The Best Man Holiday' won't best 'Thor', but might unwrap a great debut

Just how scared of Thor: The Dark World was Hollywood? Last weekend, not a single studio opened a wide release against it. (Though, About Time did expand into wide release.) And this weekend, only one movie, The Best Man Holiday, will face off against the bearded Norse superhero. Originally, The Wolf of Wall Street was set to open on this date, but Paramount pushed the film to Christmas Day, leaving Holiday as the sole contender. The comedy has no chance of usurping Thor‘s throne, but that doesn’t mean it’s headed for trouble. Here’s how the box office might look over the weekend:

1. Thor: The Dark World – $37 million
Fanboy-fueled superhero movies are destined for hefty second-weekend drops. So are sequels. But superhero sequels? Now that’s a sure bet. The film hammered up over $100 million in its first seven days in theaters ($85.7 million over the weekend), and it may drop by about 55-60 percent in its second frame to $37 million, which will give Thor a domestic total just shy of nearly $145 million against a $170 million budget. READ FULL STORY

'Best Man Holiday' director Malcolm D. Lee talks making the sequel his way, diversity in pop culture

For director Malcolm D. Lee, The Best Man Holiday is not just the sequel to his 1999 African-American romantic-dramedy The Best Man, but a means to unite different audiences and help them understand our universal problems.

Reprising their roles in the new movie are Taye Diggs (Harper), Sanaa Lathan (Robin), Terrence Howard (Quentin), Nia Long (Jordan), Morris Chestnut (Lance), Monica Calhoun (Mia), Harold Perrineau (Julian), Regina Hall (Candy) and Melissa De Sousa (Shelby). Lee brings the group of affluent African-American friends finding their way in the worlds of romance and adulthood together again for a weekend. This time, they’re more mature, but there’s still plenty of scandal, drama, and exuberant personalities.

The Best Man, which debuted in October 1999, was a box-office hit and helped catapult the careers of Howard and Diggs. Lee’s mission to defy the stereotypical African-American characters in media through his first film proved a success.

“Getting any movie made is a challenge, but I wrote the [original] script in my mind that was partially an answer to Waiting to Exhale,” Lee told Entertainment Weekly. “The archetypal images of black men represented in that movie, that … was not my reality. They weren’t [people] who I went to school with or who I was. I wanted to create a film that I can relate to. There was a small representation of films and TV shows that showed complex African-American characters, like Love Jones or The Cosby Show.  What was gratifying about creating The Best Man the first time was the ability to create characters who were not marginalized — they had layers, dimensions, faults, things that make them tick and subtext.”
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'The Best Man Holiday': Taye Diggs and the boys show off their dance moves -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s no secret that Broadway vet Taye Diggs can dance. But how about his The Best Man Holiday costars? In this exclusive featurette, Diggs, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, and Morris Chestnut don sexy fedoras for the Christmas talent show at Lance’s house and choreograph an air band dance and lip sync to New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain?”

Choreographer Jamal Sims said the group’s tight bond over the course of two films made it easy for him to teach them the routine. Chestnut claims Diggs is only the second-best dancer in the crew (fighting words!) but we’ll leave that call up to you after watching the video below. READ FULL STORY

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