ARTNEWSPRESS: Walt Disney Studios’ animated sequel Frozen II continued to dominate at the box office for the third straight weekend as it once again landed at #1 with $34.6 million for a domestic total of $337.5 million and a worldwide cume of $919.6 million. It looks likely to cross the $1billion mark by or before next weekend and surpass the original 2013 film’s $1.27 billion shortly after.
This was also a landmark weekend for Disney as (according to Deadline) it became the first studio to take in over $10 billion in a calendar year. It was aided by Frozen II as well as hits like Avengers: Endgame ($2.798B), The Lion King ($1.656B), Captain Marvel ($1.130B), Toy Story 4 ($1.074B), Aladdin ($1.051B), and they still have December 20’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker locked and loaded to rake in over $200 million domestically on its debut weekend.
Lionsgate’s Knives Out continued to rake it in as it held onto the #2 spot in its second week with $14.1 million domestically for a $63.4 million total and $124 million worldwide, making it ever more likely that Rian Johnson will make a sequel.
Making this weekend pretty much a repeat of last week, Ford v Ferrari stayed at #3 with $6.537 million ($91.1 million total), Queen & Slim at #4 with $6.53 million ($26.8 million total) and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood at #5 with $5.2 million ($43 million total).
The Mark Ruffalo drama Dark Waters added nearly 2000 theaters to take #6 with $4.1 million for a $5.28 million total.