Frozen puts paid to Hunger Games' UK box office reign

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Disney's animated tale Frozen has ended the reign of Hunger Games: Catching Fire on top of the UK box office chart.

The film, based on The Snow Queen, took £4.7m in its opening week, pushing the dystopian sequel into second place.

Homefront and Nebraska were the only other new movies in the top 10, with far more modest debuts.

Frozen also topped the North American box office chart this weekend, after scoring the biggest ever Thanksgiving opening a week earlier.

Its climb to the pinnacle of the chart was also at the expense of the Hunger Games follow-up.

Family film Frozen tells the tale of a Scandinavian princess who sets out to find her sister, a queen who has the power to freeze anything that she touches.

UK BOX OFFICE

1. Frozen - £4.7m

2. Hunger Games: Catching Fire - £2.6m

3. Gravity - £1.09m

4. Saving Mr Banks - £547,881

5. Homefront - £440,306

Source: Rentrak

Another Disney outing, Saving Mr Banks, maintained fourth place just behind sci-fi hit Gravity, which made more than £1m in its fifth week of release.

The sequel to the Hunger Games has now surpassed the performance of the first film in the UK, taking a total of £26.4m.

The second outing sees Jennifer Lawrence reprise her role as Katniss Everdeen, a successful contestant in a fight-to-the-death reality television show.

Other films to grace the latest box office top 10 included the remake of horror flick Carrie, which slipped to seven in its second week.

Historical epic The Butler was just behind it at eight, while long-running blockbuster Thor: The Dark World - another Disney release - languished in ninth place following six weeks on the chart.

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