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Posted at 11:12 PM ET, 12/01/2013

FIRE AND ICE: ‘Frozen,’ ‘Catching Fire’ torch box office with big holiday weekends

DISNEY ANIMATION continues to grow its own stable of popular CG films down the coast from Pixar’s Oscar-winning render farm.

Disney’s “Frozen” set twin box-office records for the Thanksgiving weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday; final domestic-gross numbers are due Monday.

“Frozen” — which centers on a teenager’s perilous wintry journey — set Thanksgiving-debut records for both the three-day weekend ($66.7-million) and the five-day holiday weekend ($93-million), according to Box Office Mojo.

“Frozen” — which features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad — topped Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 2,” which in 1999 set the three-day ($57.4-million) and five-day ($80.1-million) records for a Thanksgiving opener. (Figures not adjusted for inflation.)

“Frozen” builds on the success of Disney’s 2010 hit “Tangled” (previously the second-best Thanksgiving opener ever), and the studio’s “Wreck-It Ralph” from last year. Both of those earlier Disney hits — which are both CG-animation — grossed more than $470-million globally.

“Frozen” — which received a CinemaScore of “A-plus” — reportedly was powered largely by the turnout of females (57 percent) and families (81 percent).


Elsa the Snow Queen (voiced by Idina Menzel) is one of the featured characters in "Frozen." which has been touched by box-office magic. (DISNEY - via AP)

Combined, “Frozen” and the box office’s reigning champ, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” grossed more than $200-million over the five-day weekend.

Liongate’s “Catching Fire” grossed $110.1-million over the five days, setting a Thanksgiving record. The “Hunger Games” sequel — which also topped the three-day weekend ($74.5-million) — has now grossed $573-million worldwide.

FUN WITH NUMBERS:

* Domestically, “Catching Fire” is now the third-biggest film of the year ($296.5-million), trailing only Disney/Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” ($409-million) and Universal’s CG-animated “Despicable Me 2” ($367-million).

* Disney’s latest “princess” tale also had the second-biggest three-day weekend ever for a film that didn’t top the box office; “Frozen” trails only 2004’s ”The Day After Tomorrow” ($68.7-million) for that somewhat-dubious distinction.

* Disney now has four of the 12 biggest films of the year. Besides “Iron Man 3,” there is Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University” (fifth with $268.3-million domestic gross); “Oz the Great and Powerful” (eighth with $234.9-million); and Disney/Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” (12th with $186.7-million). The “Thor” sequel was third over the three-day Thanksgiving weekend with $11.1-million.

* Four of the year’s 20 biggest films are superhero movies. Beside “Iron Man 3” and “Thor” 2, there are Warner Bros./DC’s “Man of Steel” (fourth with $291-million domestic gross) and Fox’s “The Wolverine” (19th place, with $132.5-million).

The top-10 films for the three-day weekend, as measured by domestic gross:

1.”The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” $74.5 million; 2.”Frozen,” $66.7 million; 3.”Thor: The Dark World,” $11.1 million; 4.”The Best Man Holiday,” $8.5 million; 5.”Homefront,” $7 million; 6.”Delivery Man,” $6.9 million; 7.”The Book Thief,” $4.9 million; 8.”Black Nativity,” $3.9 million; 9.”Philomena,” $3.8 million; 10.”Last Vegas,” $2.8 million.


Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and Anna (Kristen Bell) in a scene from the record-setting “Frozen.” (DISNEY - via AP)

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