Box Office Upset: 'Frozen' Topples 'Catching Fire'

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Don't look now, but there was a bit of an upset at the box office this weekend, as Disney's animated hit "Frozen" knocked presumed dictator for life "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" out of the top spot with an estimated $31.6 million.

Not that things are exactly bleak for Katniss Everdeen and company. In its third weekend, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" still managed a strong $27 million, bringing its domestic total to a cool $336.7 million. The performance also helped "Catching Fire" near the $700 million mark worldwide.

That was the good news for Hollywood. The bad news? Inclement weather throughout the country depressed figures across the board, which was a problem for every movie not named "Frozen" or "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Newcomer "Out of the Furnace," for instance, brought in just $5.3 million in its debut weekend despite strong reviews and the presence of Christian Bale.

As disappointing as that result was, it was still enough to land "Out of the Furnace" in third place in a marketplace crowded with blockbusters lingering past their expiration date ("Thor: The Dark World" earned $4.7 million, good enough for fourth) and little prestige films (such as ninth place's "Philomena," which brought in $2.3 million in limited release).

This week should bring a welcome shakeup, as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opens wide and Oscar favorite "American Hustle" hits the arthouse circuit. For now, though, here's a look at this weekend's domestic top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:

1. "Frozen" - $31.6m (our review)

2. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - $27m (our review)

3. "Out of the Furnace" - $5.3m (our review)

4. "Thor: The Dark World" - $4.7m (our review)

5. "Delivery Man" - $3.8m (our review)

6. "Homefront" - $3.4m (our review)

7. "The Book Thief" - $2.7m (our review)

8. "The Best Man Holiday" - $2.7m (our review)

9. "Philomena" - $2.3m (our review)

10. "Dallas Buyers Club" - $1.5m (our review)