Box Office: Hunger Games Feasts, Mandela No. 1 in South Africa

Hunger Games

Box Office: Hunger Games Feasts, Mandela No. 1 in South Africa

Catching Fire on track for historic numbers.

Published December 2, 2013

Audiences are still hungry for Hunger Games. The second installment of the franchise grossed a massive $110 million over the long weekend, easily taking first place and making it the top-grossing Thanksgiving title of all time. 

Catching Fire has now earned $296.5 million domestically. Overseas, the film took in an international total of $276.5 million and a global tally of $573 million.

Animated film Frozen came in second place with $93 million and Thor: The Dark World held on to third with $15.5 million. 

The weekend's new entry, Spike Lee's Oldboy, was a disappointment with $1.2 million over the five-day weekend — roughly the same amount Lee was able to raise on Kickstarter for his upcoming indie film Da Blood of Jesus. Hopefully that film will have a better fate at the box office.

Black Nativity, starring Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker, cracked the top ten with $5 million in ticket sales. 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
, starring Idris Elba as the South African leader, had a very strong showing in limited release — it screened in just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles — paving the way for a wider release in the coming weeks. The film set a record in South Africa where it opened on Thursday.  Moviegoers reportedly took the day off work to attend screenings in cities and in the countryside. Oscar buzz continues to build for Elba. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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