Weekend Wrap-Up

Catching Fire & Frozen: Round Two

By John Hamann

December 8, 2013

He's taking over the country this weekend.

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Fifth is Delivery Man, which actually moved up one spot from its Thanksgiving perch. The Vince Vaughn dramedy took in $3.8 million and declines 45%, giving it one of the better holds in the top ten this weekend. Considering Delivery Man opened to only $8 million, a gross so far of $24.8 million is actually quite impressive, as this is already three times the amount it earned during its first frame. The problem for the Disney/DreamWorks release is that it cost $26 million to make, so will need a lot more if it hopes to be profitable.

Sixth is Homefront, which switches spots with Delivery Man. The Jason Statham actioner earned only $3.4 million this weekend, falling 51%. Like Delivery Man, this one is in serious trouble, as it cost $22 million to make, and has a gross so far of only $15.3 million. Statham’s films do have a tendency to work overseas, so it may not be toast quite yet.

Seventh is The Book Thief, a film that is still around only due to a lack of competition in the marketplace. The Geoffrey Rush release earned $2.7 million this weekend after pulling in $4.9 million last weekend. Distributed by Fox, The Book Thief has earned $12.1 million, and has yet to be released overseas.

The Best Man Holiday is eighth, and after an impressive start, this sequel is fading quickly. Holiday earned another $2.7 million, off a severe 67% from the holiday frame. The good news is that the $17 million film has now earned $67.2 million.


The Weinstein Company release, Philomena, has the best hold in the top ten. The critically acclaimed Judi Dench/Steve Coogan release earned another $2.3 million and fell 38%. Philomena has now earned $8.3 million stateside, along with $16 million overseas thus far.

In tenth is Dallas Buyers Club, which also held decently against the inflated Thanksgiving weekend frame as it declined 42% to $1.5 million. The film, which looks to be an Oscar contender for performances by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, has earned $12.4 million so far.

In other box office news, Gravity crossed the $250 million mark on Friday, and now has a domestic gross of $251.5 million. Overseas, Gravity has earned $380 million, and has joined the top 75 worldwide earners of all time. Also, The Weinstein Company re-expanded Lee Daniels’ The Butler into 1,007 venues. The move didn’t work, as The Butler earned another $260,000 this weekend, raising its domestic total to $115,8 million. Inside Llewyn Davis, from the Coen Brothers and CBS Films, opened on four screens this weekend and had a stellar venue average of $100,250.

Overall this weekend, the box office had the expected tough time following Thanksgiving. The top 12 earned $87.4 million, quite a bit ahead of last year, when the top 12 earned $72 million. Next weekend has us going back to blockbusters. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (note the semicolon) opens, along with Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas – two films that alone should easily earn $100 million.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/6/13-12/8/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Frozen DISNEY $31,641,000 - 53% $134,278,000
2 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lionsgate $27,000,000 - 64% $336,700,000
3 Out of the Furnace Relativity $5,300,000 New $5,327,076
4 Thor: the Dark World DISNEY $4,740,000 - 57% $193,640,000
5 Delivery Man DISNEY $3,775,000 - 45% $24,799,000
6 Homefront Open Road Films $3,384,000 - 51% $15,284,000
7 The Book Thief Twentieth Century Fox $2,700,000 - 44% $12,075,000
8 The Best Man Holiday UNIVERSAL $2,673,015 - 67% $67,238,630
9 Philomena Weinstein Co. $2,282,000 - 38% $8,254,635
10 Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $1,458,662 - 42% $12,411,119
11 Last Vegas Cbs Films $1,255,000 - 53% $60,576,608
12 Gravity WARNER BROS. $1,240,000 - 51% $251,515,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Inside Llewyn Davis Cbs Films $402,000 New $402,000
  Twice Born Eone $13,865 New $13,865
  Breakfast With Curtis Abramorama/bond360 $2,009 New $2,009
  Black Nativity FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,050,000 - 71% $6,428,000
  Old Boy Tartan Films $296,000 - 67% $1,951,216
  Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Weinstein Co. $77,652 - 8% $183,368
  Nebraska PARAMOUNT $545,000 - 25% $2,262,000
  The Great Beauty Janus Films $88,478 - 36% $396,439
  12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,140,000 - 51% $35,012,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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