'Frozen 2' Crosses $200M in Near-Record Time

'Frozen 2' Crosses $200M in Near-Record Time

Top Three-Day Domestic Opening for Walt Disney Animation Studios "Frozen 2" beat out "Zootopia", which started earned $75.1 million on its debut weekend in 2016. While that is down approximately 16% from the $41.9 million total earned during the holiday previous year, but consistent with the $35.4 million earned on Thanksgiving Day 2017. It will crush the 2013 record for the occasion time frame set by "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" by more than $40 million.

However, while Frozen 2 may have outperformed the original movie-which grossed $93 million during its opening weekend-in terms of sales, its critical reception seems a bit chillier.

Opening in second place was Lionsgate's Knives Out, which had a robust estimated $27 million dollar opening, quite strong for an original project.

"Knives Out", produced by Lionsgate, MRC and T-Street, took in $8.5 million at 3,391 North American theaters on Wednesday (including previews). Critics have praised the film since its Toronto premiere with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score, and now it has an A- on CinemaScore to go with it.

Written and directed by Johnson ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi"), the film is a comedic take on the murder mystery genre starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Jaeden Martell and Don Johnson as members of a wealthy family whose patriarch (played by Christopher Plummer) dies unexpectedly. In second was last week's leader, Ford v. Ferrari, with an estimated $16 million.

At No. 3, Fox's "Ford v Ferrari" added a five-day haul of $19 million, with $13.2 million in its third weekend for a cumulative total of $81 million.

The weekend's other newcomer, "Queen & Slim", finished fifth with $11.7 million. The film, which sees its leads on the run after a traffic stop gone wrong, is connecting with audiences with an A- Cinemascore. Melina Matsoukas, the producer behind Beyonce's "Arrangement" music video, coordinated from Lena Waithe's content. Generation organizations incorporate Makeready and Bron Creative.

Following the events of the first film, Frozen 2 picks up as Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa (Idina Menzel), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad), and the reindeer Sven leave the kingdom of Arendelle in search of an enchanted land to uncover the origin of Elsa's powers in an effort to save their homeland. The overall 2019 North American box office is down roughly 7% compared to the same point past year.

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