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‘Frozen 2’ wins Thanksgiving box office, but ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Queen & Slim’ open…

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'Frozen 2' wins Thanksgiving box office, but 'Knives Out,' 'Queen & Slim' open...

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Disney's "Frozen 2" dominated the box office once again on its second weekend, adding $ 123.7 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including $ 85.3 million. Friday to Sunday (a slight drop of 35%), totaling a cumulative total of $ 287.6 million, according to estimates by measurement firm Comscore.

"This was the Thanksgiving box office reward that the industry expected, and while not a record breaker (overall), the holiday scenario was strong enough to bring down the year-to-date deficit by 1.3%. and speed up, "said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

"Frozen 2" outperformed previous Thanksgiving weekend record holder "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", which grossed about $ 110 million in 2013. "Frozen 2" surpassed the $ 200 million domestic mark in almost record time and currently stands at $ 738.6 million in global ticket sales.

Second, MRC's Lionsgate and Knives Out opened well above expectations Wednesday, with a five-day debut of $ 41.7 million, including $ 27 million from Friday to Sunday. It earned $ 28.3 million internationally for a cumulative total of $ 70 million globally.

"The mysteries of the murder have always been hugely popular, but cinematically have become quite predictable and a little less interesting," said Joe Drake, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. Director Rian Johnson “and our production partners at MRC and T-Street have done an extraordinary job of rekindling the genre and thrilling action viewers with an exceptionally entertaining movie that featured … new characters and a plot with unpredictable twists . We are having a fantastic start and expect a very strong holiday multiple, given the word of mouth in the movie. "

Written and directed by Johnson ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi"), the film is a comical version of the murder mystery genre starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Jaeden Martell and Don Johnson as members of a wealthy family whose patriarch (played by Christopher Plummer) dies unexpectedly. Lakeith Stanfield, Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas also star.

It was well received with an A-CinemaScore and a 96% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In third place, Fox's "Ford x Ferrari" added a $ 19 million five-day investment, with $ 13.2 million on its third weekend, for a cumulative total of $ 81 million. Globally, the movie grossed $ 143.3 million.

Fourth, Sony's "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" added $ 17.3 million over the five days, including $ 11.8 million over the second weekend (a slight drop of 11%) to a cumulative total of 34, $ 3 million in the country.

Rounding out the top five, "Queen & Slim" by Universal and Makeready, opened Wednesday to $ 15.8 million in five days, including $ 11.7 million over the weekend.

Directed by Melina Matsoukas (“Insecure”, Beyoncé's “Training” video), based on a script by Lena Waithe, the film stars Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith as a runaway couple after a fight with a cop who becomes deadly. It is the feature film debut for Matsoukas and Waithe.

The film was well received with an A-CinemaScore and 84% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sixth, STX Entertainment's "21 Bridges" added $ 5.8 million from Friday to Sunday on its second weekend (down 37%) to a cumulative total of $ 20.5 million.

Seventh, Paramount's "Playing With Fire" added $ 4.2 million over three days on its fourth weekend to $ 39.2 million.

At number 8, Lionsgate's "Midway" added $ 4 million on its fourth weekend to $ 50.3 million.

Ninth, the "Joker" from Warner Bros. added $ 2 million on its ninth weekend for a cumulative total of $ 330.6 million.

Rounding out the top 10, Universal's "Last Christmas" added about $ 2 million in its fourth weekend to a cumulative total of $ 31.7 million.

In limited release, the A24 expanded Waves on its third weekend to 47 locations (over 21) with $ 193,430 over five days (an average per screen of $ 4,116) to $ 140,995 over the weekend. (an average per screen of $ 3,000)) and $ 557,747 accrued.

Focus Features 'Dark Waters' added 90 theaters (of the four in its debut last weekend) with $ 860,000 over the five days (an average per screen of $ 9,229), including $ 630,000 over the weekend ( per screen average of $ 6,702), for a total of $ 977,000.

This week, the studio expands "Dark Waters" in a big release and STX Entertainment opens the animated comedy "Playmobil: The Movie".

In limited release, Amazon releases the biographical film "The Aeronauts", Neon premieres the drama "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" and Magnolia Pictures reveals the science fiction drama "Little Joe".

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