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Frozen, Catching Fire fuel box office

09 December 2013, 11:15

Los Angeles / New York - Walt Disney's animated fairy tale Frozen heated up movie box office charts in the United States and Canada, displacing dystopian thriller The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as the top-earning film.

Frozen sold $31.6m worth of tickets from Friday through Sunday during its second weekend in theaters to top domestic movie charts, while Catching Fire earned $27m, according to studio estimates from Rentrak.

The weekend's only new nationwide release, crime thriller Out of the Furnace, took third place with $5.3m.

The 3D Frozen, inspired by The Snow Queen fairytale, features the voice of Kristen Bell as a Scandinavian princess intent on finding her sister, the Queen, who has the power to freeze anything with a touch and accidentally sets off a long winter that is destroying their kingdom.

Catching Fire, among the year's biggest hits in its third week in release, stars Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, a skilled archer who provides hope for an oppressed society on the edge of rebellion. The film is the second in the Hunger Games series based on novels by Suzanne Collins.

Out of the Furnace stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck as brothers in a revenge tale set in a working-class Pennsylvania steel town.

Catching Fire was released by Lions Gate Entertainment. Privately held Relativity Media distributed Out of the Furnace.

- Reuters

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