It was yet another weekend atop the weekend box office for Disney‘s Frozen II, which has now topped $900 million globally, well on its way to becoming the studio’s sixth 2019 release to top the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Meanwhile, while Focus Features saw Dark Waters finish just outside the top five in its nationwide expansion this weekend, STX‘s release of Playmobil failed to make the top ten, delivering the third worst opening ever for a film debuting in over 2,000 locations.
At the top of the box office is Frozen II, dipping -59.7% with an estimated $34.7 million for a domestic cume totaling $337.6 million, making it the seventh highest grossing release of the year so far domestically. For some perspective, it wasn’t until the original film’s 61st day in release that it topped $337 million domestically, before going on to gross over $400 million after 57 weeks in release.
In addition to the domestic performance, Frozen II added another $90.2 million internationally, for an overseas cume that now totals over $582 million and a global tally that now stands just shy of $920 million. This means the animated feature will soon become the eighth 2019 release to top $1 billion globally, of which Disney has released six.
In second place is Lionsgate‘s release of Knives Out, which dipped just -47% for an estimated $14.15 million three-day and a domestic cume that now stands at $63.5 million. The film also added another $18.7 million internationally, pushing the overseas cume to $60.6 million for a global cume that is now just shy of $125 million. The film’s top overseas market remains China with $23.6 million while it has still yet to open in Brazil (Dec 12), Germany (Jan 2) and Japan (Jan 31).
It’s a close race for third with the edge currently going to Fox‘s Ford v Ferrari, but just $7,000 separates it from Universal and Makeready‘s Queen & Slim as both films generated an estimated $6.5 million this weekend. Ford v Ferrari is now in its fourth week in release with a domestic cume totaling over $91 million while it also added another $8.3 million internationally for an international cume totaling $76.5 million and a global tally that now stands at $167.6 million. As for Queen & Slim it is entering its sophomore frame, dipping just -45% following its holiday weekend debut with a domestic cume that now stands at $26.9 million.
Rounding out the top five is Sony‘s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with an estimated $5.2 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $43 million as it enters its third week in release.
Just outside the top five is Focus‘s nationwide expansion of Dark Waters. The adult-targeted feature was entering a marketplace loaded with content targeting the same audience and was unable to see the kind of breakout I’m sure they were expecting, especially considering audiences seem to be taking to the film as much as critics did. That said, it did deliver an estimated $4.1 million.
Falling well outside the top ten is STX‘s release of the animated feature Playmobil, which the studio picked up for domestic distribution after Global Road filed for bankruptcy in 2018. The studio is emphasizing the use of variable pricing for the film, which included a $5 a ticket experiment to “encourage and incentivize audiences to see the film, while allowing theaters to begin to explore value pricing for a first-run movie”. The experiment didn’t exactly pay off, resulting in an estimated $660,000 three-day from 2,337 locations and a $282 per theater average, the third worst opening average ever for a film opening in 2,000 or more locations.
In limited release, Reliance‘ Panipat opened with an estimated $285,275 from 172 theaters ($1,659 PTA); Lionsgate‘s En Brazos de un Asesino delivered an estimated $230,000 from 160 locations ($1,438 PTA); Neon‘s Portrait of a Lady on Fire opened in two locations with an estimated $33,552; and 1091‘s Midnight Family opened at the Metrograph in New York with an estimated $3,5000.
Next weekend sees several new releases make their way to theaters including the wide releases of Jumanji: The Next Level, Clint Eastwood‘s Richard Jewell and Black Christmas. Meanwhile, Uncut Gems and Bombshell will begin their limited releases as they begin their awards season runs.
via Box Office Mojo
|Ford v Ferrari||$6.7M||$91.2M||4||
|Queen & Slim||$6.6M||$27.0M||2||
|A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood||$5.2M||$43.1M||3||
|Playing with Fire||$2.0M||$42.0M||5||