Download Movie Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Eyes Record $135M Thanksgiving Feast; ‘Knives Out’ Sharp

Download Movie Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Eyes Record $135M Thanksgiving Feast; ‘Knives Out’ Sharp

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9:10 AM PST 11/28/2019

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Pamela McClintock

Walt Disney Studios; Claire Folger
‘Frozen 2,’ ‘Knives Out’

‘Queen & Slim’ is also coming in ahead of expectations.

Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen 2 is headed for a record Thanksgiving feast of $135 million at the North American box office.
The female-skewing family film grossed a huge $23.8 million on Wednesday, its sixth day in release and the beginning of the five-day holiday frame. That’s the top gross ever for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, upending 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($20.8 million).
As of now, Catching Fire is the current crownholder for top Thanksgiving earner with a five-day gross of $109.9 million, not adjusted for inflation.
Frozen 2 — finishing Wednesday with a domestic tally of $187.6 million — isn’t the only title contributing to what’s shaping up to be a bountiful holiday following a dismal November at the box office.
Rian Johnson’s whodunit Knives Out  opened to a pleasing $8.5 million on Wednesday, putting the star-studded ensemble pic on course for a five-day debut of $38 million, well ahead of expectations. 
From Lionsgate, MRC and T-Street, the film stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell and Christopher Plummer. (MRC shares a parent company, Valence Media, with The Hollywood Reporter).
Universal and Makeready’s Queen & Slim — helmed by acclaimed music video director Melina Matsoukas in her feature directorial debut from a script by Lena Waithe — is also overperforming. The film opened to $1.7 million on Wednesday for a projected five-day haul north of $15 million, likewise ahead of expectations.
Queen & Slim stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a couple on their first date who are forced to go on the run after a traffic stop gone wrong.
Both Knives Out and Queen & Slim landed A- CinemaScores from audiences.
Holdovers Ford v Ferrari and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood are also seeing a nice holiday bump with projected five-day grosses of $21 million and $15 million, respectively.

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