After two weekends atop the box office,
The 3-D animated winter musical had a massive opening over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but was still unable to eke out a win over the latest entry in the popular young-adult franchise. During its second weekend in release, however, the tables turned as
Over Turkey Day, "Frozen" was quickly embraced by moviegoers, who assigned the film a perfect average grade of A+, according to market research firm CinemaScore. That positive audience word-of-mouth — combined with strong reviews from critics — is clearly paying off.
The animated musical, featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and
Meanwhile, at this point in its release in 2012,
The series' profile abroad has clearly risen since last year: "The Hunger Games" only made 41% of its $691.2 million global total internationally. The sequel is performing best in the United Kingdom, where it has sold $42.9 million worth of tickets, as well as in Germany and China.
While "Catching Fire" is still blazing its trail,
Positioned as a possible awards contender by distributor
The movie was financed for $22 million by Relativity, though the studio says that cost was offset by about $16 million by pre-selling the film to foreign distributors. Relativity executives declined to discuss why the picture misfired at the box office, instead passing along a widely disseminated statement to the press.