Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff in Walt Disney’s ‘Frozen II’
The big holdover news is Walt Disney’s Frozen II passing the $1 billion mark in global grosses. That includes a $19.2 million domestic and $55.7 million overseas weekend, for a global $74.9 million frame. That gives the animated sequel a $366.5 million domestic cume (past Jungle Book) and $666 million overseas (cue “Ave Satani”) and $1.032.5 billion global. The strong overseas grosses alone will put it close to Frozen’s $1.276 billion cume by the end, although if it ends up short then blame Japan.
Frozen 2 has earned $67 million thus, a fine sum but well short thus far of the bonkers $247 million earned by the first Frozen there in 2014. Offhand, we could be looking at a total of $415 million domestic and $1.2 billion worldwide by the end. So, yeah, whether it makes it past $1.276 billion or not, it’s a huge hit and (once it passes Minions’s $1.1 billion cume) it’ll be the biggest animated sequel ever in raw global grosses.
Daniel Craig and Ana De Armas in Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’
Lionsgate, MRC and T-Street’s Knives Out earned $9.25 million (-35%) in its third weekend for a $78.92 million domestic cume. Rian Johnson’s acclaimed murder mystery has earned $162.2 million worldwide, potentially giving Lionsgate a new franchise. At this point, especially as it potentially out grosses a number of the preordained contenders, it has to be looked at as a dark horse Oscar contender.
It has rave reviews, strong buzz, decent legs and it’s about to zoom past Fox/Disney’s Ford v Ferrari ($184 million after a $9.2 million global weekend). Lionsgate’s Bombshell is going to open with $312,000 in five theaters this weekend, with a wide release on Friday, but I somehow don’t see the Fox News melodrama earning $42 million in its first five days. Either way, it’s a full-on studio programmer smash in an era when such things are exceedingly rare.
Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith in ‘Queen & Slim’
Fox and Disney’s Ford v Ferrari should be at $98.2 million domestic by tonight while Fox Searchlight’s Jojo Rabbit should be over $20 million. Both remain in the Oscar race if only by virtue of being commercial crowdpleasers and by Disney having something to prove. Melina Matsoukas’s Queen & Slim grossed $3.52 million (-47%) in weekend three for a $33.1 million 17-day domestic cume.
Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood earned $3.37 million (-35%) in weekend four for a fine $49.345 million 24-day domestic gross. Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet will $41.7 million by tonight. Charlie’s Angels and Black Christmas may be tanking, but there’s plenty of success stories out there for female directors helming studio pictures. And in the long run, that may be as important, if not moreso, than whether these films end up at the Oscars.
Oh, and for those still keeping count, Joker has now earned $1.06 billion worldwide.