‘Frozen 2’ ices out com­pe­ti­tion in 2nd week

Boston Herald - - The Edge -

LOS AN­GE­LES — “Frozen 2” kept a win­try wind at its back in its se­cond week, set­ting a Thanks­giv­ing record with a whop­ping box of­fice bounty, while new­comer “Knives Out” found its own broad au­di­ence.

Dis­ney’s new set of ad­ven­tures for Anna, Elsa and Olaf brought in $85.3 mil­lion in the U.S. and Canada over the week­end and earned an un­prece­dented $132.7 mil­lion for the hol­i­day frame of Wed­nes­day through Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates.

The first “Frozen” opened on Thanks­giv­ing in 2013, but the se­quel opened a week prior to the hol­i­day, mak­ing it poised for a huge se­cond week, with out-of­school kids happy to see it a se­cond or a third time.

“Hav­ing the open­ing week­end fall­ing a few days ahead of Thanks­giv­ing re­ally set it up per­fectly,” said Paul Der­garabe­dian, se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for the box of­fice tracker Com­score.

That came on top of a record-bury­ing open­ing week­end of $127 mil­lion de­but do­mes­ti­cally and $350.2 mil­lion world­wide that made it the high­est­gross­ing global de­but for any an­i­mated film glob­ally, and the largest open­ing for any for any Walt Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios re­lease.

The orig­i­nal film and its world-mak­ing song “Let It Go” be­came a pop-cul­ture phe­nom­e­non, earn­ing $1.27 bil­lion world­wide and sell­ing count­less Elsa and Anna dresses.

The se­quel has more than showed that the six years since has brought no thaw. It has al­ready earned $739 mil­lion glob­ally and should cer­tainly sur­pass the orig­i­nal’s to­tals.

“Dis­ney is usu­ally im­mune to the wan­ing in­ter­est that au­di­ence have with some se­quels,” Der­garabe­dian said.

“Knives Out,” the in­no­va­tive who­dunit from writer and di­rec­tor Rian John­son, rode great re­views and strong so­cial me­dia buzz to a $27 mil­lion week­end and a five-day do­mes­tic to­tal of $41.7 mil­lion that eas­ily earned back its bud­get.

The film’s vast and eclec­tic cast in­cluded Ana de Ar­mas, Christo­pher Plum­mer, Jamie Lee Cur­tis, Don John­son, Michael Shan­non, Toni Col­lette and Chris

Evans.

John­son, the di­rec­tor of “Looper” and “The Last Jedi,” had been the tar­get of some Twit­ter fan­boy ou­trage for the di­rec­tion he took the se­cond episode in the new­est “Star Wars” tril­ogy, whose fi­nal chap­ter opens next month.

DOM­I­NA­TION: Dis­ney’s ‘Frozen 2’ topped the box of­fice for the se­cond week.

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