Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Holds at #1

Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Holds at #1

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The animated ‘Playmobil‘ film scored the 3rd-worst domestic opening ever for a title rolling out in more than 2,000 theaters.

Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen 2 stayed atop the North American box office in its 3rd weekend with $34.7-M, while animated pic Playmobil: The Movie came DOA with a debut of $668,000.

Playmobil, released domestically by STXfilms, marks the 3rd-worst opening of all time for a title rolling out domestically in more than 2,000 theaters despite special ticket pricing of $5 in most theaters across the country.

The 1st weekend of December is slow following the Thanksgiving crush, and this year was no exception.

The continuing strength of Frozen 2 no doubt made life tough for any other family film as the sequel races toward the $1-B mark.

The Disney sequel finished Sunday with a global total of $919.7-M, including $337.6-M domestically and $582.1-M overseas, driving the studio past a record $10 billion in 2019 global ticket sales, and $11.94-B when counting the Fox titles it has released.

In North America, a crop of adult-skewing holdovers dominated the upper reaches of the weekend chart after Frozen 2.

Knives Out grossed $14.2-M in its sophomore outing, a 47% decline, for a domestic total of $63.5-M and $124.1-M globally for Lionsgate, MRC and T-Street.

Fox and Disney’s Ford v. Ferrari narrowly edged out Universal’s Queen & Slim for 3rd place with an estimated $6.54-M in its 4th weekend for a domestic total of $91.9-M and $167.6-M worldwide.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood rounded out the Top 5 in its 3rd session with $5.2-M for a domestic take of $43.1-M.

Dark Waters expanded into a total of 2,017 theaters in its 3rd weekend, grossing $4.1-M for Focus Features and Participant and placing 6th. The film’s domestic total stands at $5.3-M.

New offerings at the specialty box office in advance of Monday’s Golden Globes nominations included Neon’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which posted a solid screen average of $33,552 from 2 theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

Amazon Studios likewise released The Aeronauts in 52 theaters, but is not reporting grosses since the film is getting a truncated release, much like Netflix titles do.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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