Catching Fire and Frozen set holiday record
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen have set new records for Thanksgiving weekend films.
Catching Fire earned $75 million, while animated feature Frozen opened to $67 million in the U.S., reports Fox News.
The previous record for the Thanksgiving weekend was 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which made $57.5 over three days.
Catching Fire brought in $110.2 million from Wednesday to Sunday which brought the domestic total to $297 million.
Before Frozen, Disney’s top seller was Toy Story 2, which earned $80.1 million in 1999.
Kristen Bell, who voices Anna in Frozen, says lots of work went into the feature to make it successful.
“The script we started with was nothing like this,” Kristen said at the Los Angeles premiere, reports Comic Book Resources. “It has gone through the wash and the dryer numerous times. And there’s a lot of bright minds at work on this, and it sounds cheesy, but in a weird way they kind of let the story tell them what it wanted to be.”
According to Kristen, she and her costars experimented with their roles. And the end product turned out to be a lot different than anyone expected.
“We tried a lot of weird things with a lot of these characters,” Kristen said. “We had characters that aren’t in it any more, we had characters who their personalities changed completely. It was a really finding what was the right story to tell, what had the most meaning, what had the most relevance – what kind of modernized these Disney tales.”
Other movies mostly got poor figures over the holiday weekend.
Kasi Lemmons’s Black Nativity earned $3.8 million, while Homefront earned $6.97m over the Fri-Sun weekend, according to Forbes.
Spike Lee’s Oldboy earned just $1.25m over five days.
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