The studios are celebrating Black Friday in real Hollywood-style. Disney’s family-oriented film Frozen and Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are making history at the Thanksgiving box office, where they are set to gross as much as $90 million and $100 million, respectively, for the Wednesday-Sunday stretch.
In regards to records, Frozen is easily on course to nab the top Thanksgiving opening of all time, eclipsing the $80.1 million five-day debut of Pixar’s Toy Story 2 in 1999. It’s also destined to score the top opening for a Disney Animation Studios title, besting the $68.7 million debut of Tangled over Thanksgiving in 2010.
Catching Fire, now in its second weekend, will mark the top-grossing Thanksgiving film of any movie, topping previous record-holder Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($82.4 million). It also nabbed the best gross ever for Thanksgiving day — $14.9 million from 4,163 theaters — besting the $13.1 million earned by Toy Story 2. Globally, the tentpole has earned north of $423 million.
Frozen, placing No. 2 on Thursday, grossed $11.1 million from 3,742 locations for a two-total of $26.6 million. Family traffic usually dips on Thanksgiving day, then surges on Friday.
Online ticket service Fandango reported Friday that it’s already enjoying its best month on record in terms of advance ticket sales, thanks to hits including Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World and Frozen.