'Catching Fire' steams past Disney's strong 'Frozen' at box office

Sun Dec 1, 2013 11:51am EST
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LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Dec 1 (Reuters) - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continued to light up the box office through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, collecting $110 million over five days to surpass a hefty opening for Disney's new animated film "Frozen," and bringing its 10-day to nearly $300 million.

"Frozen," which critics lavishly praised, recorded ticket sales of $93 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters for the five-day holiday period that began on Wednesday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.

That far exceeded industry projections of $63 million for "Frozen" for the long weekend, according to the online site Box Office Mojo.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was released by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. "Frozen" was released by Walt Disney Co.