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Beating “Toy Story 2′s” previous Thanksgiving Day record, Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” lured auds away from turkey and shopping with $14.9 million in North American on Thursday.

The domestic five-day weekend for “Catching  Fire” could top out at close to $100 million, though current estimates are $90 million-plus.

Meanwhile, Disney’s animated “Frozen” is breaking records of its own, with an $11.1 million Thanksgiving Day feast. It’s also likely to break the Thanksgiving weekend opening record with approximately $90 million for five days. (The one week preview at Hollywood’s El Capitan doesn’t count as a true opening.) “Frozen” is currently at $26.6 million and is enjoying excellent word of mouth.

After opening in 16 new markets this week, worldwide gross for the behemoth “Hunger Games” sequel is now $423 million through Thursday, with a domestic cume of $222 million.

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