"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continued to light up the box office through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend Authentic Alex Iafallo Jersey , collecting a record $110.2 million over five days to surpass a hefty opening for Disney's new animated film "Frozen," and bringing its 10-day total to nearly $300 million.
Moviegoers flooded theaters in record-setting numbers, dropping $294 million at box offices, besting the $290 million spent a year ago over the five-day period.
"Catching Fire" and "Frozen" both beat the Thanksgiving box office record of $82.4 million set by "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in 2001.
"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 about $63 million.
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"This was much more than we ever could have thought," said Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution for Walt Disney Studios, of "Frozen"'s strong opening, adding it was the biggest-ever opening for one of its animated releases.
Disney's action film "Thor: The Dark World," based on the character from its Marvel comic book unit Authentic Adrian Kempe Jersey , was third with $15.5 million in ticket sales, according to data compiled by Rentrak.
"Catching Fire," the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster "The Hunger Games," stars Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, the skilled archer who becomes a beacon of hope for an oppressed society. The movies, distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment, are based on a series of novels by Suzanne Collins.
The film set a November opening weekend record of $158.1 million, then smashed the Thanksgiving five-day mark in its second week. It already ranks third on this year's list of top-grossing films Authentic Oscar Fantenberg Jersey , according to data compiled by Rentrak, behind "Iron Man 3" and "Despicable Me 2." Its global total is $573 million.
Rounding out the top five were strong-performing "The Best Man Holiday," starring Taye Diggs and Terrence Howard, with $11.1 million, and "Homefront," which collected $9.8 million in its debut weekend.
The R-rated "Homefront," written by Sylvester Stallone, features British action star Jason Statham as a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who moves to a small town to raise his daughter but tangles with a local drug lord.
"Black Nativity Authentic Jake Muzzin Jersey ," a musical from Fox Searchlight starring Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson and Angela Bassett, only managed the No. 8 spot with $5 million in sales for its opening weekend.
"Frozen," a $150 million film, is the latest from Disney's animation studio, which has enjoyed a revival since 2006 when the company acquired Pixar. Disney had a big hit in the 2010 "Tangled" and last November with "Wreck-it-Ralph."
Hollis said the studio expected the film would play well through the Christmas season, noting that "there are not a lot of family (film) options" opening in the coming weeks.
Lions Gate Entertainment produced and distributed "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
"Frozen" and "Thor" were released by Disney.
"Black Nativity was distributed by Fox Searchlight, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox.
"Homefront" was released by Open Road Films Jeff Carter Jersey , a joint venture of theater chains AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment.
NEW YORK, June 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks closed little changed Tuesday, as investors hesitated to continue buying shares after major stock indices broke through record highs repeatedly in the past sessions.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a record close of 16, 945.92 points, up 2.82 points, or 0.02 percent, one day after the blue-chip index marked an all-time intraday high of 16,970.17 points Tyler Toffoli Jersey , less than 0.2 percent below the round-number mark of 17, 000 points.
The broader S&P 500 retreated slightly, ending at 1,950.79 points, down 0.48 point, or 0.02 percent, after setting both record intraday and closing highs on Monday.
While the Nasdaq Composite Index inched up 1.75 points, or 0.04 percent Tanner Pearson Jersey , to 4,338.00.
Following continuous euphoria on Wall Street which had helped the Dow and the S&P 500 rewrite record book time and time again, investors grew a little bit cautious, tending to stay on the sidelines before making any big move on stocks.
However, prudential investors were still reluctant to short equities as an array of economic data have continued to roll out upbeat recently, which pointed to a bight prospect of the world's largest economy. After fluctuating in a narrow range, the stock market pared earlier losses to finish in minor mixed territory.
U.S. wholesale inventories, a key component of gross domestic product changes Derek Forbort Jersey , rose 1.1 percent in April from the prior month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, above market consensus of 0. 5 percent.
The robust gain suggested an expansion in the economic growth in the second quarter after a contraction in the first quarter largely resulting from an abnormal cold weather.
Among other data, U.S. small business sentiment in May improved to a more than six-year high, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said in a report Tuesday.
The NFIB's Small Business Optimism Index for May rose 1.4 points to 96.6, the highest reading since September 2007. But the NFIB cautioned that the index, up for the third month in a row, is still far below readings that have normally accompanied an expansion.
The CBOE Volatility Index Alex Iafallo Jersey , a gauge of fear in the market, ticked down 1.43 percent to end at 10.99.
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