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Box Office: Frozen 2 remains victorious, Playmobil bombs

  • Published at 08:38 pm December 9th, 2019
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Photo shows the voice actors behind the characters of the animated film Frozen 2 Reuters

Frozen 2 earned $130 million in its inaugural outing and another $123 million the following weekend, cementing new high-water marks for Disney Animation

Frozen 2 dominated box office charts for the third weekend in a row as Disney’s animated sequel scored another $34.7 million in North America.

Those ticket sales, a 60% decline from its massive Thanksgiving haul, boost its domestic tally to $337 million. 

Frozen 2 earned $130 million in its inaugural outing and another $123 million the following weekend, cementing new high-water marks for Disney Animation. 

It’s now the third movie this year behind Universal’s Glass and Disney’s Avengers: Endgame to win the box office for three consecutive weekends.

Overseas, Frozen 2 continues to enchant moviegoers as the fantasy follow-up powers to the $1 billion mark at the global box office. 

It brought in $90 million internationally this weekend, powering box office receipts to $920 million globally. 

Frozen 2 is expected to join the billion-dollar club soon and will be the sixth Disney film this year to hit that milestone.

The only new film to movie theater marquees this weekend was STX’s Playmobil, a cartoon based on the European children’s toys. 

Since Frozen 2 is still enticing ticket buyers with young kids and the plastic toy company is relatively unknown compared to a brand like Lego (which Warner Bros. successfully mined into multiple feature films), Playmobil sputtered in spectacular fashion. 

The animated adventure collected just $811,000 from 2,337 theaters in what is one of the worst nationwide opening weekends of all time. 

Unless the movie resonates in a big way at the international box office — where it has generated $12.5 million to date — the $75 million film stands to be a major money loser for co-financiers Wild Bunch, Pathe, Dimitri Rassam and the Paris-based On Animation. 

Lucky for STX, the company only paid to distribute the movie and doesn’t have a financial stake.

In a distant second place, Lionsgate and Rian Johnson’s whodunit Knives Out added another $14.5 million in its second weekend of release. The acclaimed murder mystery — starring Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans and Don Johnson — has pocked $63.5 million in North America and a strong $124 million globally to date.

Holdovers rounded out box office charts. Disney-Fox’s Ford v Ferrari claimed third place, nabbing $6.58 million from 3,746 venues. 

After a month in theaters, the racing drama with Christian Bale and Matt Damon amassed $91 million at the domestic box office. 

Universal’s Queen and Slim landed at No. 4, bringing in $6.53 million and lifting its North American revenues to $26.8 million. In fifth place, Sony’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood earned $5.2 million in its third outing. 

The Mister Rogers film starring Tom Hanks has generated $43.1 million so far.