While short of the opening record for animated films set by Pixar's "Incredibles 2" - another Disney sequel - that's the highest-grossing debut ever for Walt Disney Animation Studios, which has been producing films since 1937. In North America, the film minted a total of $202.3 million finishing Thanksgiving with a collection of $14.7 million, just behind the holiday record set by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($14.9 million) in 2013, without adjusting for inflation.
At this pace, Frozen 2 is is projected to gross as much as $130 million for the Wednesday to Sunday stretch, easily setting a new record for the five-day Thanksgiving corridor. "Solidified 2" took in nearly $24 million on Wednesday, beating "Bursting Into flames" by $4 million for the best household net on the day preceding Thanksgiving.
Lionsgate's counter-programming play with riddle satire "Blades Out" is paying off pleasantly with appraisals of nearly $40 million for the five-day occasion at 3,391 destinations. Critics have praised the film since its Toronto premiere with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score, and now it has an A- on CinemaScore to go with it. The star-laden cast includes Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette and LaKeith Stanfield.
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A pair of holdovers are battling for third place with Sony's second session of "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" in the $21 million range at 3,325 locations for the five days, followed by Disney-Fox's "Ford v Ferrari" at $20 million at 3,585 venues. "Passage v Ferrari" will wrap up the occasion end of the week with around $84 million.
Second up is the first Frozen, which earned $93.7 million for the five days in 2013 (unlike the sequel, Frozen didn't open nationwide until the Wednesday before the holiday). Melina Matsoukas, the filmmaker behind Beyonce's "Formation" music video, directed from Lena Waithe's script.
Both Knives Out and Queen & Slim landed A- CinemaScores from audiences, as well as strong exits on PostTrak. The overall 2019 North American box office is down roughly 7% compared to the same point previous year. "What's more, that is useful for the business in general that could positively require a lift after an exceptionally moderate November start".