The Walt Disney Studios is reporting that the Frozen II box office has already reached $350.2 million worldwide after just five days! Of that figure, $127 million came from 4,440 North American theaters and $223.2 million from overseas markets. The film received a strong A- CinemaScore from domestic audiences.
Domestically, the $127 million is a new November animation record and is the biggest opening ever for Walt Disney Animation Studios, as well as for any animated film outside of summer, and the No. 3 animated debut of all time. It significantly surpasses the first Frozen’s Thanksgiving five-day debut of $93 million in 2013.
Internationally, Frozen II opened No. 1 everywhere for an estimated total of $223 million from 37 material markets. It set numerous records, including the third-highest industry opening ever in Korea, the highest opening weekend ever for an animated title in France and the UK (three day), the third-highest opening weekend ever for an animated title in China and the highest opening weekend ever for a Disney Animation/Pixar title in Japan, China, Spain and Germany. The top market was China with $53 million, and that was followed by Korea with $31.5 million, Japan with $18.2 million, the UK with $17.8 million, Germany with $14.9 million, and France with $13.4 million.
Frozen II also became the all-time biggest IMAX opening for an animated film, earning $18 million globally this weekend and besting Incredibles 2’s $15.6 million. Internationally, Frozen 2 delivered $9.7 million, making it the biggest IMAX opening for an animated film overseas. Domestically, the sequel earned $8.4 million to become the second-highest IMAX animated opening behind only Incredibles 2 ($14.6 million).
The sequel comes from the Academy Award-winning team — directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho — and features the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
With Frozen II opening strong, this weekend saw The Walt Disney Studios surpassing the $3 billion mark at the domestic box office for the year, the third time the studio has reached the milestone. With the inclusion of Disney’s 20th Century Fox’s 2019 grosses to date, this rises to an estimated $3.5 billion domestically.
Speaking of 20th Century Fox, the drama Ford v Ferrari added $16 million in second place and has brought in $58 million after two weeks. Internationally, the James Mangold film added $14.7 million and is up to $45.8 million, for a worldwide total of $103.8 million. Matt Damon and Christian Bale play American car designer Carroll Shelby and British driver Ken Miles, respectively, in the $97.6 million movie which also stars Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon.
Opening in third place was TriStar Pictures’ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with $13.5 million from 3,235 theaters. Directed by Marielle Heller and featuring Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, the film also stars Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper.
STXfilms action drama 21 Bridges, starring Chadwick Boseman, took in $9.2 million from 2,665 theaters in the fourth spot its first weekend. The film received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. Directed by Brian Kirk, the film also stars Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David, Taylor Kitsch, and J.K. Simmons.
Roland Emmerich’s WWII film Midway (Lionsgate and AGC Studios) rounded out the top five with $4.7 million and the film has grossed $43.1 million domestically after three weeks. Costing $100 million to make, the film’s cast includes Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Kleintank, Jun Kunimura, Darren Criss, Keean Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Woody Harrelson.
In sixth place, Paramount Pictures’ Playing with Fire earned $4.6 million and it has collected $31.6 million after three weeks. Directed by Andy Fickman, the movie stars John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haybert, and Judy Greer.
Remaining in seventh place was New Line Cinema’s The Good Liar, starring Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen. The Bill Condon-directed thriller added $3.4 million and has grossed $11.8 million after two weeks. The film, also starring Russell Tovey and Jim Carter, brought in $1.1 million from 20 overseas markets and has an international total of $5.4 million.
Sony Pictures’ Charlie’s Angels dropped 62% in ticket sales and to eighth place its second weekend with $3.2 million. Its two-week total is now at just $13.9 million. Internationally, the film brought in $4.6 million and is up to $29.6 million. The Elizabeth Banks-directed reboot stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, and Patrick Stewart.
Universal Pictures’ Last Christmas added $3 million in ninth place and has earned $27.8 million after three weeks. The Paul Feig-directed romantic comedy has also grossed $24 million overseas and has a global total of $51.8 million. Last Christmas was inspired by the George Michael song and stars Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and Emma Thompson.
And in tenth place, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Joker brought in another $2.8 million to take its eight-week domestic total to $326.9 million. The film also grossed $7.6 million internationally this weekend and has made $708.8 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $1.036 billion. Directed by Todd Phillips and made for just $55 million, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
It’s also worth noting that Lionsgate and MRC held early access screenings for Rian Johnson’s Knives Out this weekend. With prime 7 p.m. showings on Friday and Saturday at 936 locations, the film earned a solid $2 million. Opening in about 3,300 theaters on Wednesday, the whodunnit stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jeaden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.