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‘Frozen II’ Soars With $127 Million Opening, however Overall Box

Disney has as soon as once more kicked the field workplace into excessive gear with the discharge of “Frozen II,” which earned an estimated $127 million opening from 4,440 screens. But even with that long-awaited income enhance for film theaters, the trade continues to be behind the document tempo set final yr.

This weekend’s different two releases, Sony/TriStar’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and STX’s “21 Bridges,” each did stable openings towards their mid-level budgets, however “Frozen II” accounted for roughly 65% of all field workplace income generated this weekend. Total weekend grosses are set at $200 million — the best they’ve been in a month — however that’s nonetheless behind the $211 million complete earned by this similar weekend final yr, that means that annual home totals will stay roughly 6.4% behind final yr’s tempo, because the development of Disney being the one studio to duplicate its 2018 success continues.

While “Frozen II” hasn’t had fairly as sturdy reception as the primary “Frozen,” response to it’s nonetheless constructive with a 75% Rotten Tomatoes rating and 4.5/5 on Postrak. It needs to be nicely on its solution to a $400 million home run, particularly with many households ready to see the movie throughout Thanksgiving weekend. The movie stands among the many high 5 opening weekends for each animated and November releases and has the biggest opening of any animated movie launched exterior the summer season.

Overseas, “Frozen II” opened No.1 in all 37 markets it was launched in and grossed $223 million, together with $53 million in China and $31.5 million in Korea. That provides the movie a brand new international animated document opening of $350 million, placing it nicely on tempo to grow to be Disney’s 24th $1 billion launch.

Thanks to the acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Disney additionally has a 1-2 end on the charts this weekend, as “Ford v Ferrari” took the No. 2 spot with $15.5 million in its second weekend. The Chernin-produced racing biopic now has a complete of $57.Four million home after 10 days in theaters.

In third is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which is assembly field workplace projections with a $13.5 million opening from 3,235 screens. Reception has been overwhelmingly sturdy with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes rating and an A from CinemaScore viewers polls. Combine that with a probable Oscar nomination for Tom Hanks, and the items are in place for an extended, regular theatrical run for this Mister Rogers biopic.

“21 Bridges” is fourth with a $9.2 million opening from 2,665 screens. The movie, which had a $33 million price range co-financed by MVM Studios and Huayi Brothers with STX, had a B+ on CinemaScore and a 45% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Lionsgate’s “Midway” and Paramount’s “Playing With Fire” are in a near-tie for fifth, every grossing an estimated $4.7 million of their third weekend.

Down in eighth is Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels,” which bombed final weekend with an $8.35 million opening and fell to $3.1 million in its second weekend for a 10-day complete of simply $14 million towards a $48 million opening.

Finally, Lionsgate held early screenings for Rian Johnson’s homicide thriller movie “Knives Out,” grossing $2 million from 936 screens. The movie opens this Wednesday and is projected to earn a $25 million 5-day opening towards a $40 million price range. Universal’s “Queen & Slim” may also open through the vacation weekend, with trackers projecting a $12 million 5-day launch towards a reported $20 million price range.

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