Walt Disney Animation’s all-audience tentpole Frozen 2 led the bounty with a record-shattering $123.7 million for the Wednesday-Sunday stretch, easily besting the $109.9 million grossed by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire during the same corridor in 2013. (Most observers believe Frozen 2 will come at $126 million or higher when final numbers are tallied on Monday.)
Frozen 2 marks the biggest Thanksgiving showing ever for a Disney animated film after taking the crown from the first Frozen, which earned $93.7 million for the five days in 2013. The follow-up’s performance is all the more impressive given that it opened last weekend, while Frozen didn’t unfurl nationwide until the Wednesday before the holiday.
Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Frozen 2 finished Sunday with a domestic total of $287.6 million and a staggering $738.6 million cume globally, including a second-weekend foreign gross of $163.8 million. The sequel — which will soon cross $1 billion — has already surpassed the total lifetime gross of Frozen in 11 markets, including China, where it has earned a huge $90.5 million to date.
After Frozen 2, the bounty was fueled by original, mid-range films that studios are wary to make in the age of streaming. Heading into the weekend, year-to-date revenue was down 7 percent domestically after a particularly poor November, and is now down 5.6 percent.
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