‘ Frozen 2’ ices new­com­ers at the box office

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - An­drew Dal­ton Con­tribut­ing: Kim Wil­lis, USA TODAY

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 Wed­nes­day through Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates.

The first “Frozen” opened on Thanks­giv­ing in 2013, but the se­quel opened a week be­fore the hol­i­day, mak­ing it poised for a huge se­cond week.

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

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

The orig­i­nal film be­came a pop- cul­ture phe­nom­e­non, earn­ing $ 1.27 bil­lion world­wide.

“Knives Out,” an in­no­va­tive who­dunit, rode strong re­views and word of mouth to a $ 27 mil­lion week­end and a five- day to­tal of $ 41.7 mil­lion.

The week­end’s other new­comer, “Queen & Slim,” finished fifth with $ 11.7 mil­lion, but on lim­ited screens and a bud­get of about $ 20 mil­lion.

Matt Da­mon and Chris­tian Bale’s “Ford v Fer­rari” rolled along in its third week­end of re­lease, finish­ing in third place with $ 13.2 mil­lion.

Tom Hanks’ Mis­ter Rogers story “A Beau­ti­ful Day in the Neigh­bor­hood” also hummed along, earn­ing $ 11.8 mil­lion to put it fourth at the do­mes­tic box of­fice.


Frozen 2 looks like an­other block­buster for Dis­ney.

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