Frozen II Proves It’s No Turkey

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Frozen II entered its second week as, technically, a leftover. But as any Thanksgiving-loving American knows, sometimes leftovers are the best. So no one was particularly surprised when Disney’s Anna and Elsa once again snagged the biggest piece of pie.

Frozen II iced its second win by gobbling up another $85.3 million (according to early estimates) during the traditional three-day weekend. Add Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day into the mix, and Disney’s main course rises to a cool $123.7 million. That’s the biggest box-office meal any film has ever digested over the Thanksgiving holiday, by the way. In just 10 days, Frozen II has earned $287.6 million domestically, and it’s already the year’s eighth highest-grossing film—with seventh-place Joker ($330.6 million) in its sights.

Frozen II is making beau coup bucks overseas, too. Add in the $451 million it’s collected in international markets, and you’ll find that the animated movie’s total worldwide bank sits at a hefty $738.6 million.

But this holiday weekend, theaters across the country had plenty of film food for all.

While Frozen II might’ve grabbed the biggest slice of pie, Knives Out cut a healthy slice for itself. The sly Agatha Christie-like whodunit made a killing at the box office, earning $27 million during the regular ol’ weekend and $41.7 million over the five-day frame. That’s more than prognosticators were expecting, and Box Office Mojo believes the flick’s strong word of mouth could give Knives Out some serious staying power.

Ford v Ferrari finished third this week, with plenty of gas still in its tank. It collected $13.2 million over the weekend (and $19 million over the five-day holiday), pushing its total purse to $81 mil.

Meanwhile, Mister Rogers is displaying his own kind of staying power. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood lost just 11% of its weekend-over-weekend audience, banking $11.8 million in its second weekend of work ($15.8 million over five days). Mister Rogers always told us that we were special. Seems this movie is, too.

Another newcomer, the gritty R-rated drama Queen & Slim, closed out the top five with a rather impressive $11.7 million debut ($15.8 million over five days). Both this flick and A Beautiful Day are on the periphery of awards-season conversation, and the strong performances by both films won’t hurt their chances.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 9 days ago
I haven't seen a movie in a theater since Last Christmas back on November 9th, but last night I did see my favorite version of A Christmas Carol on tv, the 1999 Patrick Stewart one, and loved it even more than I originally did all those years ago. Not only is it wonderfully acted with gorgeous costumes and set designs, but out of all the adaptations of the book I've seen this one seems to follow the book most closely, with several scenes and bits of dialogue lifted straight from the book I don't think I've ever seen in any other adaptation before. I love just about any version of A Christmas Carol really, from the classic Reginald Owen and Alastair Sim ones, to George C. Scott's and even Albert Finney's musical version, but there's just something about Patrick Stewart's one that shines above all the others.