'Frozen 2' wins box office for third weekend in a row as 'Playmobil: The Movie' tanks

Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES -- The post-Thanksgiving weekend is usually a box-office dead zone, which is why studios don't often roll out major wide releases in this corridor. Even among holdovers, it's common for movies to drop more than 40% from the previous weekend, and Disney's mega-hit "Frozen 2" was not immune, dropping 60%.

Still, the animated film continued its winning streak into a third consecutive weekend, adding $34.7 million for a cumulative total of $337.6 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore. Globally, the film has earned $919.7 million and is poised to become Disney's sixth film to cross the $1 billion milestone this year.

The only major new release of the weekend, STX Entertainment's animated musical "Playmobil: The Movie," opened outside the top 10 with $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 solely as a distributor on the film, picking it up after original distributor Global Road went bankrupt.

The result is the fourth-worst opening ever for a movie playing in more than 2,000 theaters, dangerously close to current record holder "The Oogieloves in 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-plus CinemaScore and a 19% "rotten" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.


In second place, Lionsgate's "Knives Out" added $14.1 million in its second weekend (a 47% drop) for a cumulative $63.5 million. The film has earned $124 million in global ticket sales.

At No. 3, Fox's "Ford v Ferrari" added $6.5 million in its fourth weekend for a cumulative $91.1 million. The film has earned $167.6 million in worldwide receipts.

In fourth, Universal's "Queen & Slim" added $6.5 million in its second weekend (a 45% drop) for a cumulative $26.9 million.

Rounding out the top five, Sony's "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" added $5.2 million in its third weekend for a cumulative $43.1 million.


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