Frozen Heats Up Box Office, Knocks Catching Fire From Top Spot

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Disney's animated hit Frozen has toppled Hunger Games: Catching Fire and claimed the top spot of the U.S. box office in its second week of release.

According to early estimates, Frozen took $31.6 million over the weekend, with the Hunger Games sequel slipping to second place with $27 million.

Catching Fire has still made over $300 million in three weeks of release. Frozen is closing in on the $100 million mark through two weeks in theaters.

The only new wide release was Out of the Furnace, which took $5.3 million. Marvel's Thor: The Dark World and Delivery Man rounded out the top five.

Despite opening in just four cinemas, the Coen brothers' latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, scored one of the year's highest per-cinema averages of $100,500.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom continued to play in four cinemas in its second week of limited release, averaging around $19,400 per cinema.

Producer Harvey Weinstein has said he will not alter the film's release date to take advantage of Nelson Mandela's death to boost sales for his biopic.

The film is due to be rolled out to about 850 cinemas on Christmas Day.

Here's the top five for a typically slow weekend in mid-December ...

  1. Frozen ($31.6 million)
  2. Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($27 million)
  3. Out of the Furnace ($5.3 million)
  4. Thor: The Dark World ($4.7 million)
  5. Delivery Man ($3.8 million)
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