“Frozen” Freezes “Catching Fire” At The Box Office, Earns Top SpotBy: Tobias Roth - December 8, 2013
Well, step aside Katniss Everdeen. There is a new film at the top of the box office. While opening to a successful opening weekend on Thanksgiving with all the families attending the theater, Frozen was able to do well. However, it did not catch Catching Fire in its first weekend.
As the crowd attending screenings of Catching Fire died down a bit more this weekend, Frozen was able to claim the top spot at the box office. Frozen is the new film from Disney, and is a musical about a kingdom that has been trapped in eternal winter. Frozen rocketed itself to the top earning $31.6 million over the weekend, and a total of $134.3 million over its first 12 days.
The film is based on the fairy tale The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderoson. It also has a cast that includes Kristen Bell as the voice of Princess Anna, as well as Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad in a musically comedic adventure.
Catching Fire broke the November record at the box office, and certainly made a big impact upon its release, much like its predecessor The Hunger Games. Of course, as any big film that hits theaters, sales have to come down at some point, allowing for a film like Frozen to rise to the top.
Newcomers like Out Of The Furnace were unable to compete, as the first weekend of December is often weak at the box office. It is also the time when more films that are likely to be nominated for awards, but are often not hits at the box office are released such as Out Of The Furnace. It tells the story of a veteran coming home from war, starring Casey Affleck and Christian Bale, but is simply unable to compete with the new hit Disney film Frozen.
Due to the success of the film, the musical’s soundtrack is also doing very well, and opened at No.18 on the Billboard 200. Behind Frozen, Catching Fire finished in second place with $27 million, and Out Of The Furnace only made $5.3 million.
Frozen will look to continue its success at the box office as the holidays arrive, and with a timely theme of snow and winter, it is likely to continue to be a hit for families.
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