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Box Office: Frozen 2 Sets Thanksgiving Record, Knives Out Scores

  • Published at 07:51 pm December 2nd, 2019
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Cast members Idina Menzel (L) and Kristen Bell pose at the premiere for the film Frozen II in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 7, 2019 Reuters

Though Frozen 2 earned a turkey’s share of grosses, two new movies successfully served as counter-programming against Disney’s all-audience tentpole and carved out solid box office receipts

Disney’s Frozen 2 stuffed the box office competition during Thanksgiving, generating $85.2 million over the weekend and a record-setting $123.7 million over the five-day holiday frame.

The animated adventure soared past the previous Thanksgiving benchmark held by 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and its $109 million bounty between the Wednesday and Sunday holiday frame. Like, Frozen 2, the Hunger Games sequel opened a week ahead of Thanksgiving.

After two weekends in theaters, Frozen 2 is nearing the $300 million mark in North America with ticket sales currently at a massive $287 million. Frozen 2 made $130 million in its inaugural outing, cementing a new high-water mark for Disney Animation.

Though Frozen 2 earned a turkey’s share of grosses, two new movies successfully served as counter-programming against Disney’s all-audience tentpole and carved out solid box office receipts.

Propelled by critical raves and audience adoration to match, Lionsgate’s Knives Out, a murder mystery directed by Rian Johnson, launched ahead of expectations, securing second place on domestic charts with $27 million over the weekend and $41.7 million between Wednesday and Sunday. Heading into the weekend, the whodunit starring Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis and Chris Evans was projected to earn $20 million to $25 million in its first five days of release. The movie cost $40 million and looks to be a triumph for original content at multiplexes.

Rank

Film Title

Distributor

Earnings

1

Frozen II

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

$85,250,000

2

Knives Out

Lionsgate

$27,022,000

3

Ford v Ferrari

Twentieth Century Fox

$13,221,000

4

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Sony Pictures Releasing

$11,800,000

5

Queen & Slim

Universal Pictures

$11,700,000

6

21 Bridges

STX Entertainment

$5,820,000

7

Playing with Fire

Paramount Pictures

$4,200,000

8

Midway

Lionsgate

$3,957,000

9

Joker

Warner Bros.

$2,030,000

10

Last Christmas

Universal Pictures

$1,980,000


Fellow new release, Universal and Makeready’s Queen and Slim, looks to be another win in favor of original fare. The romantic drama starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith opened at No. 5, collecting $11.7 million over the weekend and $15.8 million over the five-day holiday period. Directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe, “Queen and Slim” carries a roughly $20 million price tag. Over 50% of opening weekend crowds were African America, while 24% were Caucasian, 15% were Hispanic and 3% were Asian. More than 60% of ticket buyers were over the age of 25.

Holdovers including Disney-Fox’s Ford v Ferrari and Sony’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Matt Damon and Christian Bale’s sports drama, now in its third outing, earned $13 million over the weekend and $19 million during the five-days, propelling its domestic tally to $81 million. Tom Hanks’ feel-good film about Mister Rogers made $12 million over the traditional weekend and $17.6 million over the holidays. After two weeks of release, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood has generated $34 million.

While this Thanksgiving didn’t best last year’s $315 million benchmark, the holiday is already helping offset what has otherwise been a bleak November at the box office. Heading into the long weekend, overall ticket sales were behind over 7%, according to Comscore. Now, box office receipts are down by 5.6%.