The post-Thanksgiving weekend is usually a dead-end box office, which is why studios don't usually release major releases in this hallway. Even among the leftovers, it is common for movies to drop more than 40 percent over the previous weekend, and Disney's mega hit "Frozen 2" was not immune, dropping 60 percent.
Still, the animated film continued its winning streak for the third consecutive weekend, adding $ 34.7 million to a cumulative total of $ 337.6 million, according to estimates from metering firm Comscore. Globally, the movie has grossed $ 919.7 million and is set to become the sixth Disney movie to top the $ 1 billion mark this year.
The weekend's only major new release, STX Entertainment's animated musical "Playmobil: The Movie," debuted out of the top 10 at $ 668,000.
The $ 75 million film, based on a German toy brand, features the voices of Daniel Radcliffe, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jim Gaffigan and Adam Lambert. STX serves only as a distributor in the film, recovering it after the original Global Road distributor went bankrupt.
The result is the fourth worst opening ever for a movie shown in more than 2,000 theaters, dangerously close to the current record holder of films like "The Oogieloves on the Big Balloon Adventure", which opened with $ 443,000 on its way to $ 1 million in 2012.
Directed by Lino DiSalvo from a script by Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland, "Playmobil: The Movie" had a mixed reception, with a B + CinemaScore and a 19% "rotten" rating on the review site. Rotten Tomatoes.
Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in a "Knives Out" scene.
Second, Lionsgate's "Knives Out" added $ 14.1 million on its second weekend (a 47% drop) for a cumulative total of $ 63.5 million. The film grossed $ 124 million in global ticket sales.
In third place, Fox's "Ford x Ferrari" added $ 6.5 million in its fourth weekend for a cumulative $ 91.1 million. The movie grossed $ 167.6 million in worldwide revenues.
Fourth, Universal's Queen & Slim added $ 6.5 million on its second weekend (a 45% drop) for a cumulative $ 26.9 million.
Rounding out the top five, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" from Sony added $ 5.2 million over the third weekend to $ 43.1 million.
Sixth, Focus Features moderately expanded "Dark Waters," adding 1,918 screens and $ 4.1 million on its third weekend to $ 5.3 million.
Seventh, STX Entertainment's "21 Bridges" added $ 2.8 million over the third weekend to $ 23.9 million.
In 8th place, Paramount's "Playing With Fire" earned $ 2 million on its fifth weekend for a cumulative total of $ 42 million.
Ninth, Lionsgate's "Midway" added $ 1.9 million on its fifth weekend to $ 53.4 million.
Rounding out the top 10, "Joker" from Warner Bros., added $ 1 million on its tenth weekend, totaling $ 332.1 million.
In limited release, Neon's French drama, "Portrait of a Lady in Flames," premiered in two locations at $ 67,105, an impressive average per screen of $ 33,552.
Directed by Céline Sciamma, the film stars Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel as two women who fall in love after one is hired to secretly paint the other's wedding portrait. He got 97% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The critically acclaimed film is only in theaters for a week for a qualifying race. He will be back in theaters in February.
Amazon opened the biographical drama “The Aeronauts” two weeks before the streaming release, but did not release box office numbers.
The film, which tells the story of a pilot and scientist struggling to survive in an experimental air balloon, features "The Theory of Everything," starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne. He got 72% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
1091 Media opened the documentary "Midnight Family" in one location for $ 3,500. He obtained a rare rating of 100% “fresh” at Rotten Tomatoes.
This week Sony opens the action adventure "Jumanji: The Next Level", Universal reveals the horror remake "Black Christmas", and Warner Bros. opens the critically acclaimed "Richard Jewell".
In limited release, Lionsgate debuts "Bombshell", A24 debuts Adam Sandler's crime drama "Uncut Gems," Fox Searchlight opens Terrence Malick's "A Hidden Life," and Amazon releases the biographical drama "Seberg."