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It seems movie theaters will be playing songs of ice and fire this weekend, as the Hunger Games sequel and Disney’s Frozen are likely to light up the box office. Early estimates suggest Catching Fire will come out on top, but Frozen won’t be far behind. Catching Fire’s estimated five-day weekend haul is in the $90 million range, while Frozen is believed to do about $80 million for the same time period.
Deadline reported these numbers, along with word that the Hunger Games sequel took in somewhere between $19 million and $22 million on Wednesday night, while Frozen grossed between $15 million and $17 million for its wide release last night.
As Deadline points out, in terms of total numbers, it would be hard to top last year’s Thanksgiving weekend box office take, but last year had the final Twilight movie, Skyfall, Lincoln, Life of Pi and Wreck-It Ralph. There really was a little something for everyone in the theater last Thanksgiving. But it’s hard to complain about this year’s movie options. For some of us, it’s more a question of whether to head back into the arena for a second helping of Hunger Games or give Frozen a try. I’m leaning toward the latter, though I’ve found that Catching Fire’s one of those movies that’s really stuck with me, and I do kind of want to see it again while it’s still in theaters, preferably before the flood of promising December movies begin to make their way into theaters in the coming weeks. (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Saving Mr. Banks, American Hustle, Anchorman 2, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Wolf of Wall Street, etc).
If there’s a common thread among this year’s Thanksgiving movies, it’s great sibling connections among the characters featured. We have Katniss and Prim in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Anna and Elsa in Frozen, Thor and Loki in Thor 2: The Dark World and, well, all of Vince Vaughn’s kids in Delivery Man… technically, right?
We’ll have to wait and see how the big movies perform at the box office over the next five days, and whether Frozen and Catching Fire manage to live up to or surpass their estimated hauls. In the meantime, Catching Fire’s already surpassed the $300 million mark when combining its domestic and foreign box office takes since it debuted November 22.