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Trailer: Frozen

Fearless Anna sets off on an epic journey with rugged mountain man Kristoff to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and 3D animated musical Frozen dished up box office records over the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.

Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, earned a prodigious $US75 million ($A82.50 million) in its second weekend, while Disney's frosty fete opened with $US67 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Both films bested the previous Thanksgiving record holder, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which earned $US57.5 million in 2001 over a three-day period.

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence)

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) being escorted to a second round of Hunger Games in Catching Fire.

Snowballing its way to the top, Frozen became the biggest Thanksgiving opening ever and the largest opening for Walt Disney Animation Studios. It earned $US110 million globally.

The films topped records for the highest domestic box office grosses for the three-day and five-day holiday weekend. Catching Fire blazed the trail to No. 1 and Frozen slid in at No. 2.

Catching Fire earned the biggest-ever gross for a film from Wednesday to Sunday over the Thanksgiving holiday. It brought in $US110.2 million, raising its domestic total to $US297 million.

Frozen scored $US93 million over the five days, topping Disney's previous five-day champ, Toy Story 2, which earned $US80.1 million in 1999.

Internationally, Catching Fire continued to bring the heat, earning $US276 million through Sunday. Opening No. 1 in France, Italy and Belgium, the sequel exceeded the opening weekend of the original Hunger Games in all three markets. Overall, the sequel has grossed $US573 million worldwide.

After dominating the box office during its first two weeks in theatres, Disney's Thor: The Dark World, starring Australian Chris Hemsworth, dropped to No. 2 last weekend and was knocked down one more spot to No. 3 this weekend, earning $US11.1 million. Globally, it continues to keep Disney on the map with a total of $US591.1 million.

Maintaining a healthy position at the box office, Universal's romantic comedy The Best Man Holiday held the fourth slot with $US8.5 million, while thriller Homefront, starring Jason Statham and James Franco, opened in the No. 5 slot with $US7 million.

Also debuting over the holiday, Fox Searchlight's Black Nativity landed in the top 10 with $US3.9 million, while the Weinstein Co.'s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba, saw a solid launch, earning $US100,306 despite playing in just four theatres.

Opening with $US850,000, Spike Lee's Oldboy failed to make an impressive impact at the box office.

AP