'Frozen 2' Dazzles With $127 Million Debut

Jonathan Groff at the Frozen 2 premiere

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The sequel of the hit Disney classic also set a November record for an opening of an animated film.

Frozen 2 ranks behind Pixar/Disney's Incredibles 2 ($182.7 million) and Finding Dory ($135.1 million), both from Pixar/Disney. And it's the biggest opening for any Walt Disney Animation Studios launch.

The movie collected over 223 million dollars overseas for a massive worldwide start of 350.2 million dollars, the No. 1 global debut ever for an animated title. Generally, animated films have a more staggered roll out worldwide, which reduces the opportunity for a mammoth opening weekend.

A program highlight is a new collection of 20 original Dole breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert recipes that pays tribute to Disney's Frozen 2. Internationally the film "earned $57.8 million in its first three days" and domestically it earned $41.8 million. With Avengers: Endgame becoming the highest-grossing movie ever and so many box office smashes, 2019 will be a year to remember in Disney history.

Disney opted for the week forward of Thanksgiving to open "Frozen 2", which means it can get a big second week bump from children out of faculty. Disney was forecasting opening-weekend sales of as much as $120 million in the United States and Canada.

Directors of the film also said Elsa and Anna, a typical Disney queen and princess, respectively, are different from the traditional image of a royal family and show their humanity and authenticity that catch the heart of people in the 21st century.

Frozen 2 wrested the crown from 2009's Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($152 million).

The huge numbers are rolling in despite the fact that Frozen 2 hasn't been scored as strongly on Rotten Tomatoes as the original 2013 film. "With a mere five weekends left in the year, the blockbuster success of "Frozen 2" is a pivotal building block in the industry's attempt to reverse the deficit".

Final week's high movie, "Ford v Ferrari" slipped 49% in its second week to a distant second with $16 million.

Also new to multiplexes, Sony's "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" kicked off in third place with $13.5 million from 3,235 theaters, a solid start given its $25 million price tag.

Less successful was the crime thriller "21 Bridges", starring Chadwick Boseman as a police detective who puts Manhattan on lockdown for a manhunt.

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