Box Office: Another $100 million for “Catching Fire,” “Oldboy,” “Black Nativity” bomb


In a weak year for animated films, the third best animated feature for kids (after “Croods” and “Despicable Me 2”) is feeding pent-up demand for a watchable cartoon. “Frozen” isn’t an instant classic, but it’ll do. $80 million, Wed–Sunday is the new projection.

“Hunger Game” Catching Fire” will have padded its paddock with another $100 million during that stretch to win Thanksgiving.

“Homefront” is doing a middling $9-11 million. “Black Nativity,” unless it blows up Saturday and Sunday, will have only managed a paltry $3 million. Almost a disaster. The black audience for “Best Man Holiday” hasn’t shown up, the white audience hasn’t shown up, Asian, Latino. Nobody. Not a bad movie, mixed reviews overall. But it’s failing.

“The Book Thief” cracked the top ten and looks to have pulled in @$6 million by Sunday night. Not awful, but not a contender.

Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” is bombing big time. Not on as many screens, but even with a set of tired films to compete against, he’s barely got it into the top 20. Not top ten, top 20. Number 17, with weak per-screen averages. Not his worst film, but in fiddling with the material, he and his soon-to-be-forgotten screenwriter seemed to over-explain and overreach for new ways to be twisted.

Maybe we don’t like revenge pictures for the holidays. Or maybe Spike Lee should take his act to HBO. His features record the past ten years has been dismal.



About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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