'Frozen' follows klutzy but kind-hearted Anna's quest to find her sister Elsa the Snow Queen and save their kingdom from an eternal winter.
Hollywood could give thanks for its heroines this weekend as the women of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen got the holiday season off to a bristling start.
Fire topped the box office with $110.2 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, according to studio estimates from box office trackers Rentrak.
The impressive haul in Fire's second weekend marks the largest debut ever for a film over the Thanksgiving weekend, smashing the record of $82.4 million set by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 2001.
The $130 million Jennifer Lawrence sequel has collected $296.5 million since its release Nov. 22.
The second-week performance also silenced analysts, some of whom suggested that last month's debut of $158 million was a disappointment.
"Any potential concerns about last weekend's opening are gone," says Tim Briody, analyst for Boxofficeprophets.com. "It's a monster, folks."
Not that the fearless sisters of Disney's animated comedy Frozen were slouches. The film, featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, swept to an impressive second place with $93 million.
Analysts expected the movie to do about $65 million over five days, thanks largely to kids on holiday break. But critics gave it a solid 84%, and 91% of moviegoers say thumbs-up, according pollsters Rottentomatoes.com. And CinemaScore says audiences gave it the rare grade of A-plus, suggesting it will be a titan through the holidays.
Forecasters expected the second-place finish, but Frozen managed to still smash records of its own. The movie becomes Disney's biggest animation opening of all time, topping Tangled, which bowed to $69 million in 2010.
Briody credits Frozen's performance to Disney's reputation for holiday fare "and a lack of good animated family options since September's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2."
The two films powered the industry to its biggest overall Thanksgiving weekend on record, topping the $291 million collected last year by movies including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Skyfall and Lincoln.
The comic-book adaptation Thor: The Dark World took third with $15.5 million, followed by the comedy The Best Man Holiday with $11 million. The Jason Statham thriller Homefront took No. 5 with $9.8 million. Final figures are out Monday.