Disney’s “Frozen 2” brought in an estimated $8.5M from Thursday night previews this week. The highly anticipated sequel is expected to dominate the box office this weekend, and revive what has been a dreary month for movie theaters. “Frozen 2” is trending just behind “Finding Dory,” which made $9M in previews in 2016, and that’s an excellent sign for Disney, retailers, and movie theaters. “Finding Dory” made over $135M on opening weekend for the studio, and the November box office is in desperate need of some Disney magic.
It’s hard to compare “Frozen” and the “Frozen 2” opening weekends because the original installment didn’t start out as a wide release. With how popular the film eventually became, it’s easy to forget that “Frozen” began as a small limited release in November 2013, bringing in only $243K domestically. The film eventually opened nationwide, making $67M over its first wide-release weekend, but it didn’t take the top spot on the domestic charts. On its first weekend nationwide, “Frozen 2” landed in second-place behind “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which made $74M in its second weekend at the box office. “Frozen” eventually found its groove, and the movie went on to make over $400K domestically and over $1.27B worldwide. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee directed “Frozen 2″ for the studio, and the film features the voice talents of Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Idina Menzel.
If you’re not in an animated-feature mood, “Frozen 2” isn’t the only film opening this weekend. Tom Hanks’ bio-drama “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and the crime-thriller “21 Bridges” with Chadwick Boseman are also hitting theaters this weekend. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” brought in an estimated $900K on Thursday night, tracking for a $14M opening, and “21 Bridges” made $700K in previews.
As I mentioned earlier, November has been a timid month at the box office. “Terminator: Dark Fate” was the first major release of the month, and that film took the top spot on the domestic chart with only a $29M opening. That weekend, the box office was kept alive with previous hits like “Joker” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” which were in their fifth and third-week respectively. The following week was the debut of “Midway,” “Doctor Sleep,” “Playing with Fire,” and “Last Christmas,” and “Midway” won the weekend with only $17.8M. “Doctor Sleep” was a major disappointment for Warner Bros. Pictures, only grossing $14M on its opening weekend. The box office saw a small lift last weekend when “Ford v Ferrari” opened nationwide, bringing in $31M, but “Charlie’s Angels” failed to perform and only brought in $8.3M for Sony Pictures. Movie theaters will be making a lot of room for “Frozen 2” this weekend, hoping that Frozen Fever strikes again.
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