‘Frozen 2’ nabs a record box office for Disney


The Disney sequel to the beloved animated film pulled in $127 million at the North American box office in its opening weekend, according to Variety on Sunday (November 24).

Frozen earned $1.28 billion globally to become the top-grossing animated release of all time.

Frozen 2 ranks behind Pixar/Disney's Incredibles 2 ($182.7 million) and Finding Dory ($135.1 million), both from Pixar/Disney.

Elsewhere, it was the highest opening ever for a Disney Animation Studios or Pixar release in China ($53 million), Japan ($18.2 million), Germany ($14.9 million) and Spain ($5.8 million).

Disney opted for the week ahead of Thanksgiving to open "Frozen 2", meaning it will get a significant second week bump from kids out of school.

Matching that whole gross gained't be straightforward sledding, however "Frozen 2" has a head begin. In comparison, Frozen's three-day opening weekend was less than double at $67.4 million.

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Frozen also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature film in 2014. The racing film is holding well against "Frozen II", dropping 51% from its $31.4 million opening for an estimated $15.4 million second weekend and a 10-day estimated total of $57.4 million. Sporting strong reviews (75% on Rotten Tomatoes) while facing a lack of competition from other family-oriented films, Frozen 2 is set up to dominate over the coming weeks, with it being only a matter of time before it crosses the billion-dollar mark.

She said "Frozen 2" pictures the characters' growth as they accept the change and overcome obstacles of the scary outer world. It sees the return of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff, as they venture beyond the kingdom of Arendelle to find out why Elsa was born with magical powers. It also puts a shot in the arm for a box office that has been hit with weak releases of late, like "Terminator: Dark Fate", "Doctor Sleep", and "Charlie's Angels".

"Frozen 2" helped thaw a frigid November box office.

Much less profitable was the crime thriller "21 Bridges", starring Chadwick Boseman as a police detective who places Manhattan on lockdown for a manhunt.

Sales for the top 10 films this weekend were expected to decline from the same weekend in 2018, because Thanksgiving came earlier a year ago, making comparisons tough.