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“Frozen II” and “Knives Out” Take Huge Bites Out of Thanksgiving Weekend 2019

Disney has another absolute smash on its hand in the form of “Frozen II” which scored a huge opening weekend prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and went into its second weekend with only minor competition. However, Thanksgiving proved to be an overall good weekend for the box office and Hollywood with two new films managing to capture their own share of the holiday feast. It’s unquestionable that “Frozen II” kept hold of the top spot, but how did everyone else do? Let’s take a look in this week’s Box Office Breakdown for Thanksgiving weekend 2019.

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At the top is, of course, “Frozen II” which followed up its massive opening with an equally impressive second weekend. Over Thanksgiving Disney’s animated sequel earned $123.7 million over five days or $85.2 million over the traditional three-day weekend stretch. Both numbers are the largest five- and three-day grosses over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend ever. This brings “Frozen II” to $287 million domestically after only ten days behind only “Incredibles 2” for the fastest rise to that number for an animated movie. It also makes the sequel the seventeenth highest grossing animated movie domestically and it’s still got plenty of steam. Overseas “Frozen II” added $163.8 million bringing its worldwide number to around $738.6 million. Needless to say, “Frozen II” also held the top spot in every market, well other than India actually but even there it’s the top western title. The sky seems to be the limit for “Frozen II” even with another animated feature, “Playmobil: The Movie”, being this weekend’s only new offering to compete.

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In second we find the first of two new entries in the top ten, “Knives Out”. If it weren’t for “Frozen II” “Knives Out” would have been a surprising success at number one with a $41.7 million five-day haul, well above nearly all industry expectations. That makes it the 16th largest opening over the holiday. Strong reviews and word of mouth have helped make the film a popular alternate viewing option and it has little direct competition on the way to slow it down. “Knives Out” took in another $28.3 million overseas for a global debut of $70 million. You can read my review of this mystery whodunit here. Following “Knives Out” in third and fourth respectively were holdovers “Ford v. Ferrari” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” both of which dropped only 17% and 11% respectively over a weekend traditionally popular for moviegoers. Finally rounding out the top five was a movie I missed this weekend, “Queen & Slim”. With an $11.7 million domestic take over three days and a $15.8 million five-day opening “Queen & Slim” matched expectations, if not a surpassing its projected numbers depending on which experts you read. Rounding out the top ten were “21 Bridges”, “Playing With Fire”, “Midway”, “Joker”, and “Last Christmas” respectively.

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This coming weekend will be a slow one. We always get that one weekend each year where nothing really interesting is being released and it looks like this will be that time. The only new wide release will be “Playmobil: The Movie” which so far sits at a paltry 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. Don’t expect this film to dethrone “Frozen II” or many others in the top five seeing as parents have already used their disposable income to bring their kids to Disney’s sequel. I probably won’t give it a chance so I may take this coming weekend to catch up on and review some current movies that I have yet to see. Stay tuned for all the fun!

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