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 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 crown holder 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 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.