A big weekend for “The Best Man Holiday” — it actually won Friday’s face-off — was not enough to get the God of Thunder off the top of the box office heap one last time before “Hunger Games” comes along to have him for lunch.
“The Best Man Holiday,” the first big holiday release with holiday decorations and sentiments actually in it, did over $30 million,maybe $31.Established brand, a likeable ensemble, decent reviews and no Tyler Perry pictures in sight? This was a no brainer. The biggest bounce from it could go to writer-director Malcolm D. Lee.
“”About Time” and “12 Years a Slave” stayed in the top ten, “Nebraska” opened strong on just a couple of screens, “Gravity” cleared $500 million worldwide and “Captain Phillips” closed in on $100 million, which is where it will sit by next weekend.
By which time “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” promises to boost the 2013 box office to something resembling a normal robust fall/holiday level headed into Thanksgiving.