Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ $42 Million Friday Signals The Death Of The Breakout Sequel
Walt Disney’s Frozen II opened with $41.8 million yesterday, including $8.5 million in Thursday previews, for the biggest single day gross for a non-summer toon. We can expect an opening weekend of around $110-$125 million for the Kristen Bell/Idina Menzel sequel, making it the first animated feature to open above $100 million outside of summer.
Even if that number seems low(ish) compared to the $110 million-$135 million openings of Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, Minions, Toy Story 4, Shrek the Third and Finding Dory, I wouldn’t be shocked if it played like The Grinch (a $55 million opening in November of 2000 followed by a $52 million second Fri-Sun weekend and a $137 million ten-day cume) by the end of the holiday weekend. Frozen, six years ago, went wide on Thanksgiving weekend for a $93 million Wed-Sun opening. In that respect, Frozen II’s opening seems… whelming.
Yes, Frozen II is going to open above $100 million, with $100 million worldwide already, and yes it’ll end a minor box office slump over the last six weeks or so. But said slump was less about Terminator: Dark Fate and Charlie’s Angels bombing and more about the presumed November titans, Wonder Woman 1984 and No Time to Die (and, I suppose, Sonic the Hedgehog) moving to 2020.