Frozen 2 Stays Hot, While Playmobil Is a Historic Flop

Disney sequel nears $1B take worldwide
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 8, 2019 1:00 PM CST
Disney's Frozen 2 Stays Hot, Winning a Weak Weekend
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 "Frozen 2."   (Disney via AP)

Frozen 2 blanketed multiplexes for the third straight weekend, continuing its reign at No. 1 with $34.7 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Walt Disney Co. animated sequel has already grossed $919.7 million worldwide, the AP reports. It will soon become the sixth Disney release this year to cross $1 billion, a record sure to grow to seven once Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters later this month. Early next week, Disney will cross $10 billion at the global box office this year. Rian Johnson's acclaimed, star-studded whodunit Knives Out remained in second place with $14.2 million, declining a modest 47% in its second week of release. With $63.5 million cumulatively and $124.1 million worldwide, the Lionsgate release has been one of the season's bright spots.

The weekend overall at the box office was yet another disappointing one for the movie industry. A handful of underperforming releases and a relatively thin wide-release schedule have only grown the roughly 7% slide in domestic ticket sales from last year. This weekend produced an outright flop in Playmobil: The Movie, the week's only new wide release. The STX Films release was never expected to do well, but it bombed so thoroughly that it will rank among the worst-performing wide-releases ever. It grossed $670,000 in 2,337 venues, giving it a per-theater average of just $286. A handful of companies combined to produce the $75 million French film, including Wild Bunch and Pathe.

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