Weekend Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Rules Thanksgiving, While ‘Knives Out’ Shines

Frozen 2 was yet again number one at the weekend box office, setting a new Thanksgiving weekend record with $123.7 million from Wednesday-Sunday. That beats the old record of $109.9 million grossed in 2013 by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It also outgrosses the original Frozen from the same time frame. That first film grossed $93.7 million over Thanksgiving, also in 2013. Over two weeks, Frozen 2 has grossed an impressive $287.6 million domestically and $738.6 million globally. It will cross $1 billion in the next week or so.

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The biggest and best surprise of the week was Knives Out. The Rian Johnson directed murder mystery snagged $41.7 million Wednesday-Sunday. It also took in $28.3 million overseas, bringing its global total to $70 million. Not bad for a live-action, made-for-adults film these days. Mid-range pics like this always feel like they are facing an uphill battle, but when you get a strong cast and excellent creative team, magic can still happen. On a budget of $40 million, this one is going to be a huge hit and win for MRC.

Opening in fifth place and over-performing as well is the drama Queen & Slim. The film scored $15.8 million over the holiday 5-day. Getting great word of mouth and an “A-” CinemaScore means that this one will also more than likely enjoy a nice few weeks at the box office.

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Knives Out: Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc. Image courtesy Lionsgate
The Top 10 Grossing Films For Thanksgiving 5-Day

  1. Frozen 2– $123.7 million
  2. Knives Out– $41.7 million
  3. Ford Vs Ferrari– $19 million
  4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood– $17.2 million
  5. Queen & Slim– $15.8 million
  6. 21 Bridges– $7.9 million
  7. Playing With Fire– $6 million
  8. Midway– $5.75 million
  9. Joker– $2.9 million
  10. Last Christmas– $2.8 million

Next weekend Frozen 2 has little competition again, with Playmobil: The Movie being the big release. In two weeks, the onslaught begins with Jumanji: The Next Level, Black Christmas, Bombshell, and Richard Jewell all opening. On the 20th, CATS, and some film called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker open.

About Jeremy Konrad

Jeremy Konrad collects way too much stuff. He loves baseball, Funko Pops, Star Wars, and wrestling. He resides in the Upside Down, waiting for Hopper to rescue him. Follow him on Twitter @jeremyohio

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