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Knives Out Takes a Stab at Frozen 2

But Disney wins the weekend box office again
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 1, 2019 4:40 PM CST
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This image released by Disney shows Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff and Sven in a scene from the animated film, "Frozen 2."   (Disney via AP)
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(Newser) Frozen 2 kept a wintry wind at its back in its second week, setting a Thanksgiving record with a whopping box office bounty, while newcomer Knives Out found its own broad audience, the AP reports. Disney's new set of adventures for Anna, Elsa, and Olaf brought in $85.3 million in the US and Canada over the weekend and earned an unprecedented $132.7 million for the holiday frame of Wednesday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. The first Frozen opened on Thanksgiving in 2013 and became a pop-culture phenomenon, earning $1.27 billion worldwide and selling countless Elsa and Anna dresses. The sequel has more than showed that the six years since has brought no thaw. It has already earned $739 million globally and should certainly surpass the original’s totals.

Knives Out, the innovative whodunit from writer and director Rian Johnson, rode great reviews and strong social media buzz to a $27 million weekend and a five-day domestic total of $41.7 million that easily earned back its budget. The weekend's other newcomer, Queen & Slim, finished down in fifth with $11.7 million. Ford v Ferrari rolled along in its third weekend of release, finishing in third place with $13.2 million. Tom Hanks' Mister Rogers story A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood also hummed along in its second weekend, earning $11.8 million to put it fourth at the domestic box office.

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