BOX OFFICE REPORT
November 29-December 1, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Frozen II||$85.2 million|
|Knives Out||$27 million|
|Ford v Ferrari||$13.2 million|
|A Beautiful Day in
|Queen & Slim||$11.7 million|
With the arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday, it was no surprise that Frozen II remained the No. 1 movie. I don't know of a single family with young kids that hasn't seen it at least once already. And its mere 34 percent drop means this will be one of the year's biggest hits, and will likely surpass the original's astonishing $400 million haul. It's already the eighth biggest movie of the year so far, and it will likely give Disney a depressing seven of the top 10 spots come January 1. (We all know The Rise of Skywalker will make it there in just two weeks.)
Knives Out proved the audiences love a good murder mystery. With a very good $27 million weekend opening – and $41.7 million to date – it's right in line with Kenneth Branagh's successful Murder on the Orient Express remake. That's also by far Rian Johnson's biggest non-Star Wars opening. Hopefully this will convince studios to take a chance on movies that aren't based on IP, provided they can still assemble a great cast.
Ford v Ferrari fell to third place, though it's still barreling its way toward $100 million. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood had a very nice second weekend. It's earned $34 million to date, already the biggest movie from director Marielle Heller. Queen & Slim was right behind it, riding its wave of acclaim to an $11.7 million opening. It's made $15.8 million since opening Wednesday.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: 63 Up, the latest in the Seven Up series of documentaries, earned $15,250 on its lone screen. The series checks in on the lives of a group of Brits every seven years.
- Dark Waters, Todd Haynes' real-life legal thriller, churned up an average of $6,702 on 94 screens. It goes wide next weekend.
- Somehow, someway, Joker is hanging around the top 10 still. It's earned $330 million to date, having now passed both Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman.
As usual, the first weekend of December is a dead zone. The only new wide release is Playmobil: The Movie, an oft-delayed knock-off of The LEGO Movie. It won't even crack the top 5. Frozen II will dominate once again with an estimated $45 million.