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Frozen 2 sets Thanksgiving record in US as Knives Out also carves up $41.7 million

Frozen 2

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S Frozen 2 enjoyed a record-shattering $123.7 million over the Thanksgiving weekend in the US, posting a Wednesday to Sunday total that easily beat the $109.9 million grossed by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013.

The figure marks the best Thanksgiving showing ever for a Disney animated film after it also topped the first Frozen, which earned $93.7 million for the five days in 2013.

Co-directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Frozen 2 finished Sunday with a US total of $187.6 million and a global haul of $738.6 million, including a second weekend foreign gross of $163.8 million.

It means the sequel has already surpassed the total lifetime gross of Frozen in 11 markets, including China, where it has earned a huge $90.5 million to date, and is guaranteed of becoming the latest Disney release in 2019 to surpass the $1 billion mark.

There was also good news for the US box office elsewhere, as several films over-performed to post eye-catching totals and contribute to a hearty $264 million total, the sixth-biggest showing of all time.

Leading the chasing pack was Rian Johnson’s star-studded whodunnit Knives Out, which landed $41.7 million for the five days – nearly double expectations. Overseas, it earned $28.3 million for an early global total of $70 million, including a China debut $13.5 million.

The film follows a family gathering that goes horribly wrong when the clan’s patriarch turns up dead. Its star-studded ensemble includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell and Christopher Plummer.

Universal and Makeready’s Queen & Slim also over-performed in its debut, with $15.8 million for the five days.

Costing under $20 million to produce, the film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a couple on their first date who are forced to go on the run after a traffic stop gone wrong.

Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas, rounded out the US top five behind holdovers Ford v Ferrari and A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, which also contributed to the holiday feast in a major way.

Ford v Ferrari, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, placed third with $19 million for a US total of $81 million and $143.3 million globally, while Tom Hanks’ A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood took in $17.3 million for the five days for a 10-day US total of $34.3 million.