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

18:50  01 december  2019
18:50  01 december  2019 Source:   variety.com

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Box Office : ' Frozen 2 ' to Break Thanksgiving Record ; ' Knives Out ' Razor Sharp with Million Debut. Disney’s “ Frozen 2 ” is heading for a record of at least 0 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday in North America, early estimates showed Wednesday.

Disney's " Frozen 2 " is heading for a record of at least 0 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday in North America, early estimates showed Wednesday. The animated adventure will easily top the 9.9 million record set by "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in 2013 during.

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.

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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 $2788 million. The fantasy follow-up made $130 million in its inaugural outing, cementing a new high-water mark for Disney Animation.

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“ Frozen 2 ” is generating plenty of heat at the North American box office , with more than 0 million its first week. “ Frozen 2 ” is tracking to wind up the five-day holiday period with a record - setting 5 million Lionsgate’s mystery comedy “ Knives Out ” is showing plenty of pull at multiplexes with

Disney’s “ Frozen 2 ” is continuing to dominate the Thanksgiving box office with an estimated 8 million through the five-day weekend. Should estimates hold, “ Frozen 2 ” will top “Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s” Thanksgiving record of about 0 million.

Overseas, “Frozen 2” brought in another $164 million this weekend for an international tally of $451 million. In 12 days, the film has made $739 million at the global box office and will likely be the sixth Disney movie this year to cross $1 billion by the end of its theatrical run.

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.

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Frozen 2 is set to break records this holiday week. Over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Frozen 2 is expected to earn 6 million. Also opening this weekend is Knives Out from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. The film will open in second place with a five-day total of .4

It will smash the 2013 record for the holiday period set by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” by more than million. Lionsgate’s counter-programming play with mystery comedy “ Knives Out ” is paying off nicely with estimates of Box Office : ' Frozen 2 ' to Break Thanksgiving Record ; ' Knives Out '

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 $11.8 million over the traditional weekend and $17.2 million over the holidays. After two weeks of release, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” has generated $34 million.

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Box office weekend estimates have been tempered somewhat after Black Friday, but Disney’s “ Frozen II ” is still on pace to set a new 5-day Thanksgiving weekend record with an estimated 8 million total after grossing million on Friday from 4,440 screens. That tops the current holiday record held.

Box Office : ' Frozen 2 ' to Break Thanksgiving Record ; ' Knives Out ' Razor Sharp with Million Debut. Disney’s “ Frozen 2 ” is heading for a record of at least 0 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday in North America, early estimates showed Wednesday.

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%.

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‘Frozen 2’ Sets Record as Disney’s Sixth Movie to Hit $1 Billion in 2019 .
“Frozen 2” is the sixth Disney movie this year to hit $1 billion globally, strengthening the studio’s sheer dominance over the box office. Those ticket sales extend the benchmark Disney set over summer, with five other films — “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King” and “Captain Marvel” — joining the billion-dollar club in a single year. “Frozen 2” is Disney Animation’s third movie to cross $1 billion and now stands as the seventh-biggest animated film ever. Earlier in December, Disney became the first studio in history to surpass $10 billion worldwide, and that’s before “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” arrives in theaters Dec.

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