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'Catching Fire,' 'Frozen' Battle It Out at the Box Office
1 December 2013 9:24 AM, PST
It was a busy Thanksgiving at the cineplex, and according to Film.com both "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" have reason to give thanks, as the two films helped set a new box office record.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" led the way with another $110.2 million over the extended five day weekend, bringing its ten day total to an impressive $296.6 million. "Frozen" opened strong as well, earning $93 million in its five day debut. Overall, the box office brought in a whopping $294 million, breaking the previous record of $289.6 million, set just last year.
For a full look at this weekend's box office top ten, head to Film.com. »
- Scott Harris
Elizabeth Banks Made Up Your Favorite Line in 'Catching Fire'
25 November 2013 12:37 PM, PST
It's no secret that actress Elizabeth Banks is a huge fan of the "Hunger Games" books and movies — prior to the release of 2012's "The Hunger Games," she said that she pestered the film's producers, and even emailed Gary Ross, who directed the first film. "I just sent him a little email like, 'Just so you know, I'll totally play Effie, ha ha ha!' "
We all know the end result of that email, and after a successful turn as the bewigged Capitol liaison Effie Trinket, Banks is back for the second installment under the watchful eye of director Francis Lawrence. Her enthusiasm for the role has in no way faded, she told us in a recent interview.
"Honestly, I still can't believe I'm a part of it," Banks said of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." "It really is amazing and I love it. I'm very proud."
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- Kase Wickman