Box office roundup: Hunger Games and a Hobbit setting up theaters for strong Q4

|By:, SA News Editor

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has another week to dominate the box office before getting a serious challenge from Warner Bros' The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug next week. Estimates see the film which has already toppled the $300M level for box office sales in the U.S. pulling another $35M-$40M this weekend.

Disney's (DIS +1%) Frozen is forecast to add another $30M to $35M to the coffers. The success of the 3-D animation could also help drive consumer products sales for Disney.

Though shares of Lions Gate (LGF +0.5%) haven't seen a bounce from the Hunger Games frenzy due to the sky-high expectations already baked in, analysts think theater operators (CKEC, CNK, RGC, MCS, RDI, AMC) could report better-than-expected Q4 numbers.