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

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."