'Frozen,' 'Catching Fire' fuel U.S., Canada box office


LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's animated fairy tale "Frozen"heated up movie box office charts in the United States andCanada, displacing dystopian thriller "The Hunger Games:Catching Fire" as the top-earning film.

"Frozen" sold $31.6 million worth of tickets from Fridaythrough Sunday during its second weekend in theaters to topdomestic movie charts, while "Catching Fire" earned $27 million,according to studio estimates from Rentrak.

The weekend's only new nationwide release, crime thriller"Out of the Furnace," took third place with $5.3 million.

The 3D "Frozen," inspired by "The Snow Queen" fairytale,features the voice of Kristen Bell as a Scandinavian princessintent on finding her sister, the Queen, who has the power tofreeze anything with a touch and accidentally sets off a longwinter that is destroying their kingdom.

"Catching Fire," among the year's biggest hits in its thirdweek in release, stars Jennifer Lawrence as heroine KatnissEverdeen, a skilled archer who provides hope for an oppressedsociety on the edge of rebellion. The film is the second in the"Hunger Games" series based on novels by Suzanne Collins.

"Out of the Furnace" stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleckas brothers in a revenge tale set in a working-classPennsylvania steel town.

"Catching Fire" was released by Lions Gate EntertainmentCorp. Privately held Relativity Media distributed "Outof the Furnace."

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