Weekend Box Office: “Frozen” catches “Catching Fire,” “Furnace” bombs

ImageIf you wanted to wait a bit to see “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” so you could miss the rush, this is the weekend for you. It’s fallen off big time. So much that “Frozen” may edge it at the box office in both films’ second week of release. They’re both headed towards a $30 million weekend.

“Frozen” will be well over $100 million by weekend’s end, “Fire” in the $340 range.

The new drama “Out of the Furnace” has Oscar winners Christian Bale and Forest Whitaker and Oscar worthies such as Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck in it. But weak reviews show it to be the classic first weekend after Thanksgiving opening — low expectations. You don’t open a potential hit (i.e. “good film”) wide the weekend after the blockbusters of Thanksgiving, which will still be sucking all the oxygen out of theaters. “Furnace” looks to reach $6 million, if it’s lucky.

Nice try and all that. But all it will accomplish is pushing “12 Years a Slave” out of the top ten.

Deadline.com reports that the limited release (four theaters) of the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” is giving CBS Films chills. $110,000 weekend. It won’t blow up unless it gains awards momentum (it has only a hint of that).

It’s already doing better than “Nebraska,” the superior film with the better Oscar buzz. But we’ll see.

“Mandela” opened in a few theaters last weekend and the South African icon’s death hasn’t helped the box office for that one. It opens wide next weekend.

For those curious, look down the charts and see how poorly “Oldboy” did and how much “Gravity” looks to finish up with.


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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