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Box Office Report For November 29-December 1

Welcome back one and all to the weekly box office report! As is always the case, each and every Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, buoyed by the Thanksgiving holiday (which I hope you all enjoyed), Disney continued taking in a ton of money for their record breaking animated sequel Frozen II. Going up against the cartoon giant this time around are new releases in an A-list ensemble in Knives Out, as well as a zeitgeist capturing drama in Queen & Slim, plus strong holdovers like A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Ford v Ferrari. How did they all do? Read on to see how the weekend turned out…

(Take note, these are just the three day totals, not the full five day Thanksgiving numbers)

Easily taking first place once again, with another ridiculously big haul, was Frozen II. A shade over $85.2 million brings the domestic total close to the $300 million mark, solidifying this one as another smash hit for Disney. Even if the reviews weren’t quite in line with the first one, audiences have the same appetite for these characters, so huge legs going forward is to be expected!

In second place, exceeding expectations and forecasts, we have Knives Out. Just over $27 million for Rian Johnson’s whodunit is a big win, potentially even setting this up as a franchise, should the filmmaker want to continue the adventures of Daniel Craig’s detective. Perhaps this could even boost its Oscar prospects? Stay tuned…

Ford v Ferrari continued to do solid business, grabbing another $13.2 million. A few more strong weekends will have it break the $100 million mark, a nice signifier for this Academy Award hopeful. Without question, this one benefited from the Thanksgiving holiday, getting families out to see this racing/sports drama.

Fourth place went to A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, drumming up nearly $12 million more for this tribute to the message of Fred Rogers. This film, like the one mentioned previously, had the Thanksgiving holiday help bring in extra audience members, though Mr. Rogers himself is a definite selling point as well, not to mention Tom Hanks. Subsequent holds like this will keep it in the running throughout awards season and prevent it from getting lost in the shuffle.

Queen & Slim had a quality debut as well, making $11.7 million, which was more than expected for the drama. Playing on half of the number of screens than any of the above movies, this really broke through to find an audience. Standing out from the pack, it could have a clear path in the next few weekends to continue doing strong business.

Among indie/limited release titles, nothing really of note opened. Maybe next week?

Here now is what the (estimated) top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. Frozen II – $85,250,000

2. Knives Out – $27,022,000

3. Ford v Ferrari – $13,221,000

4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – $11,800,000

5. Queen & Slim – $11,700,000

6. 21 Bridges – $5,820,000

7. Playing with Fire – $4,200,000

8. Midway – $3,957,000

9. Joker – $2,030,000

10. Last Christmas – $1,980,000

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. Harriet – $1,900,000

12. The Good Liar – $1,605,000

13. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – $1,360,000

14. Charlie’s Angels – $1,260,000

15. Jojo Rabbit – $1,223,000

16. Parasite – $1,020,000

17. Doctor Sleep – $920,000

18. Terminator: Dark Fate – $840,000

19. Dark Waters – $630,000

20. Honey Boy – $390,850

21. Zombieland: Double Tap – $375,000

22. Black and Blue – $190,000

23. Abominable – $147,000

24. Waves – $140,995

25. The Lighthouse – $116,807

26. Pain and Glory – $106,579

27. Countdown – $95,000

28. Dwonton Abbey – $78,000

29. Gemini Man – $68,000

30. Arctic Dogs – $43,000

Until next weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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