The sci-fi sequel to 2012's "The Hunger Games," "Catching Fire" hauled in $31.2 million Friday, putting it in position to smash the five-day Thanksgiving holiday record -- of $82 million held by "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" -- with a projected $113 million gross.
The Disney animated kids' flick "Frozen" took in a robust $26.8 million for second place, also putting the Hans Christian Andersen-based fairy tale film on track to break the "Sorcerer's Stone" record with a projected five-day take of around $93 million.
The other new holiday films in wide release have a mixed report card.
Plateauing into wide release Wednesday, 20 Century Fox's "The Book Thief" -- about a young girl adopted by a German couple in World War II -- earned $1.9 million Friday for a $4.9-million cumulative gross.
“Black Nativity,” writer-director
In the impending flop department,
’s violent thriller “
” is projected to gross as little as $1.2 million over its five-day opening. A remake of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s cultishly popular 2003 potboiler of the same name, Lee’s adaptation stars
as a man mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years who rains down vengeance on his captors (with the help of a menacing hammer) in pursuit of the truth about his captivity.