Some say the world will end in fire, some say ice. It's an ongoing debate. But when it comes to making a total pantload of money, it turns out that either will suffice, as "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" both racked up massive hauls over the extended Thanksgiving weekend, setting a new box office record in the process.
The numbers are truly impressive. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" earned a record $110.2 million over the five day weekend (including $74.5 million from Friday through Sunday), bringing its ten day domestic total to a cool $296.6 million.
Meanwhile, Disney's latest animated feature turned out to be a major hit in its own right, as "Frozen" pulled in an estimated $93 million over the five day weekend ($66.7 from Friday through Sunday).
And it wasn't just the top of the chart making hay. Well-timed counter-programming helped several other films make their chart debuts as well, including "Homefront" ($7 million from Friday to Sunday), "The Book Thief" ($4.9 million), "Black Nativity" ($3.9 million) and "Philomena" ($3.8 million).
All told, Hollywood dragged in an estimated $294 million at the box office over the extended Thanksgiving weekend, breaking the previous record of $289.6 million, set just last year.
Here's a look at the three-day box office totals, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - $74.5m (our review)
2. "Frozen" - $66.7m (our review)
3. "Thor: The Dark World" - $11.1m (our review)
4. "The Best Man Holiday" - $8.5m (our review)
5. "Homefront" - $7m (our review)
6. "Delivery Man" - $6.9m (our review)
7. "The Book Thief" - $4.9m (our review)
8. "Black Nativity" - $3.9m (our review)
9. "Philomena" - $3.8m (our review)
10. "12 Years a Slave" - $3m (our review)