‘Frozen 2’ holds top spot at N.American box office

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LOS ANGELES, Dec 2, 2019 (AFP) – Disney blockbuster “Frozen 2” held top
spot at the North American box office over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,
taking in an estimated $85.2 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations
said Sunday.

The animation adventure movie follows beloved characters from 2013 hit
“Frozen” as they travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest in search of the
origin of the magical ice powers of Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel).

“Frozen 2,” which came out just in time for the winter holidays, secured
$123.7 million over the five-day holiday period from Wednesday to Sunday.

It was a Thanksgiving record, beating “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in
2013, according to Variety.

“Frozen 2” had pulled in a three-day total of $130.2 million the previous
weekend when it was a new release — the third-best start for an animated
film behind fellow Disney titles “Incredibles 2” (2018) and “Finding Dory”
(2016).

“Knives Out,” a murder mystery from Lionsgate starring Daniel Craig, Jamie
Lee Curtis and Chris Evans, made a surprise $27 million for the Friday-to-
Sunday period, and has been immediately hailed as a triumph for its original
content at multiplexes.

“Ford v. Ferrari” slipped to third place with $13.2 million. The Fox film
is based on the true story of how a team at Ford built a car to challenge
Ferrari’s longtime dominance of France’s classic 24-hour Le Mans race.

Sony release “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a drama about a
journalist’s relationship with beloved television star Fred Rogers (played by
Tom Hanks), took fourth place with $11.8 million.

New Universal release “Queen and Slim,” a romantic drama starring Daniel
Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, also performed above expectations to earn
fifth spot with $11.7 million.

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