The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Sets New Box Office Record For Thanksgiving Day

Hunger Games Catching Fire IMAX Featurette

It might have been helped by all those people out shopping last night, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire set a new record for the highest-grossing film ever on Thanksgiving Day, with $14.9 million.

The previous record-holder, Toy Story 2, had raised $13.1 million back in 1999. Of course, adjusted for ticket price inflation, that's likely still better than The Hunger Games.

Deadline is now projecting a 5-day haul of $103 million, which they say "would far surpass the previous record for this 5-day holiday, which was formerly held by Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone. That film generated $82 million, and would be eclipsed even by the somewhat more modest $90-$100 million that was already being projected for the film before yesterday's big day.

In fact, this weekend's presumptive #2 movie--Frozen, Disney's latest animated musical starring Kristen Bell--is looking good to make around $90 million, so even without The Hunger Games, this week's #1 would have beaten $82 million.