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Catching Fire And Frozen Very Close To 2 Big Box Office Milestones


Is it the braids? I think it’s the braids. 

We’ve been hearing Frozen was doing well, but this well? “This past weekend — its sixth in nationwide release — the Disney Animation Studios’ Thanksgiving entry took in $19.6 million to place No. 1. That’s the most earned by any film in its sixth weekend of release, outside of Avatar ($34.9) and Titanic ($25.2 million), not accounting for inflation,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

We already knew the film was a milestone for Disney – it was their biggest opening ever for an animated feature – and THR writes, “Next weekend, it should have no trouble overtaking Lion King to become the most successful Disney Animation title of all time domestically, not accounting for inflation.” While I doubt it will come close to Avatar or Titanic when all is said and done, this news is pretty impressive.

Anyway, I still haven’t seen it so they can count on a few more dollars. Meanwhile, reports were starting to surface hailing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as “The Biggest Movie of 2013″ and that it “will officially pass ‘Iron Man 3‘ at the box-office to become the biggest movie of 2013 with just over $409 million.” This according to ScreenCrush.

However, they fail to mention anywhere in the piece that those numbers are only for the domestic box office, which is kind of important if you’re saying “Biggest Movie of 2013.” Regardless, the report is accurate in saying, “As it stood yesterday, ‘Iron Man 3′ has grossed $409 million domestically with ‘Catching Fire’ at $407.1 million, but with ‘Iron Man 3′ out of theaters and ‘Catching Fire’ still playing in over 2,000 theaters, the latest ‘Hunger Games’ movie will take the number one spot by the day’s end.” Again, domestically.

Since yesterday, BoxOfficeMojo.com hadn’t updated any numbers but Catching Fire does hold the title of best November opening ever in front of a bunch of Twilight and Harry Potter releases, and did very well for studio Lionsgate. But here’s the really good part of Screencrush’s post:

Secondly, and perhaps more important, ‘Catching Fire’ will be the first female-led movie to top the yearly box-office since Julie Andrews climbed ev’ry mountain in 1959′s ‘The Sound of Music.’ Combined with ‘Gravity‘ (another female-led film in the top 10), movies with strong female leads grossed over $660 million. In a system where we, among others, have openly wondered why it’s so hard to make a good female superhero movie, maybe this is the evidence Hollywood needs that women can be just as much the action stars as men. We can all bitch about it until we’re blue in the face, but money talks, and this strong performance by Jennifer Lawrence and Sandra Bullock might be too much money to ignore.

We shall see…

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  • athenia45

    Frozen is the first movie in a VERY long time that I actually saw twice *in theaters.*

  • Philip Lopez

    Will 2013 finally be the year that teaches studios that the “Women don’t open movies” line is garbage?

  • Joanna

    ” maybe this is the evidence Hollywood needs that women can be just as much the action stars as men.”

    That’s what we’ve been trying to tell you!

  • Joanna

    Also, maybe it IS the braids considering it was one of Lara Croft’s trademarks back in the day.

  • Anonymous

    Looking at those pictures side to side, I have come to the conclusion that this is the year of the side braid.

  • Robert Vary

    Presumably they meant 1965 for The Sound of Music rather than 1959, but STILL, nearly 50 YEARS without a female-led movie leading the yearly box office? That’s crazy.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why they’re saying Frozen is going to beat The Lion King in terms of total box office. The Lion King made $432 million domestically and $987 million worldwide, whereas Frozen is at $300 million domestic and $642 million worldwide. That’s a pretty massive difference. Its box office has been improving week-to-week rather than falling as is typical for films, but it’s a big assumption to say that it will do that well. I’d be surprised if it did – those kinds of numbers mean that it would beat out both Iron Man 3 and Catching Fire for top movie of the year (domestically).

    But it’s very nice to see that female-led movies are two of the five top box office films of 2013.

  • http://pearlrose86.livejournal.com/ Maggie

    I’m actually debating a third watch for Frozen.

  • http://skemono.blogspot.com/ Skemono

    Well, they did specify Frozen may beat out Lion King “domestically”. And the $432 million for Lion King includes two re-releases (in 2002 & 2011). Without those, it only made $312 million, and Frozen is at $300 million and still going strong.
    So if you only take into account the one release, then yes, Frozen does look like it could overtake Lion King.

  • imelda

    I saw Catching Fire twice! Definitely worth it.

    Can’t wait to see Frozen, though….

  • kbroxmysox

    Marvel/WB Studio exec: “Yeah but it just isn’t TIME yet for a female superhero. Maybe 2017 we an have a great one….But probably not. 2020! Year of the female superhero, or at the very least a female superhero starring right alongside a male won. By 2025, I swear we could maybe start discussing the first female solo film.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005825887698 Becca Lampenstein

    “Look, we HAVE given you a female superhero! We just put her in a movie as third fiddle to two male superheroes to ease the cinema-going public into the idea that women can be every bit as strong and heroic as men. Hm, what’s that? Katniss Everdeen was the star of her own movie and even ended up rescuing the male characters? Psssh. That’ll make like a buck fifty at the box off…it made millions? …DOES NOT COMPUTE *POW*”

  • Laura S

    One of the other things that stands out, to me at least, about these two movies is that in addition to the box office success, both movies had a ton of tie-in products that were available. And their stuff has been selling – most of the good Frozen merchandise has been sold out of the Disney parks since New Year’s, leaving only the cheaper junkies things, like pens and light up toys. I know personally, I’ve sunk about $20 into box office sales but another $60 in dolls and soundtracks, and I’m not really even in the target audience. If I could have found some of the hunger games makeup in stores, I likely would have bought some of that too. So if movie execs think that female superhero movies won’t sell the toys along with the box office money, they may just need to be more creative with their tie-ins.

  • Caravelle

    That’s a fair-enough point, but I think it’s reasonable not to count romances in this kind of listing, because by their very nature heterosexual romances need to include a woman (and box-office-dominating romances have mainly been heterosexual for obvious reasons). It says very little about gender representation to include one.

    Even ignoring that though Rose is only arguably Titanic’s main character; being a romance, Jack is co-lead. Tons of films don’t have a single main character, but we’re talking about films that do. Catching Fire is definitely one. Frozen isn’t, but the interesting gender aspect of Frozen isn’t that it has a female lead (it’s Disney !) but that its two co-leads are both women.

    In short, those films are centered on women/a woman in a way that Titanic wasn’t, and The Sound of Music was.

  • Caravelle

    That’s a fair-enough point, but I think it’s reasonable not to count romances in this kind of listing, because by their very nature heterosexual romances need to include a woman (and box-office-dominating romances have mainly been heterosexual for obvious reasons). It says very little about gender representation to include one.

    Even ignoring that though Rose is only arguably Titanic’s main character; being a romance, Jack is co-lead. Tons of films don’t have a single main character, but we’re talking about films that do. Catching Fire is definitely one. Frozen isn’t, but the interesting gender aspect of Frozen isn’t that it has a female lead (it’s Disney !) but that its two co-leads are both women.

    In short, those films are centered on women/a woman in a way that Titanic wasn’t, and The Sound of Music was.

  • Anonymous

    Why does it need to take 10 years for the first solo superhero film? when now it has proven female leads and superheroes can sell at the box office. Strike while the iron is hot.