Fire and Ice Break Box Office records

Posted on 3 December 2013
By Charlie Elgar
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During the Thanksgiving holidays, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Disney’s Frozen grossed the largest amounts in cinema history at this time of year.

According to studio estimates, The Hunger Games sequel earned around $75 million (£45m), whilst Frozen, brought to us by the guys that created Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, opened with $67 million (£40.8m) over the holidays.

Both films snapped away the accolade from the very first Harry Potter – the previous record holder which initially earned $57.5m (£34.7m) after its release.

Frozen, this year’s festive family hit led by the voice of Kristen Bell, became the largest ever opening for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President of distribution at Walt Disney Studios said: “For a company whose foundation was built on animation, to have this as the biggest opening ever is a pretty extraordinary thing.”

Catching Fire, however, earned the biggest gross for a film ever from Wednesday to Sunday over the Thanksgiving holidays, bringing in $110.2m (£67.2m).

Opening at number one in several countries, the film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson has set alight cinemas worldwide, whilst Frozen has melted the animated competition of previous years.