The Disney animated musical “Frozen 2” again dominated domestic theaters this weekend, leading the box office for the third weekend in a row.
“Frozen 2” sold an estimated $34.7 million in tickets Friday through Sunday, bringing its total domestic sales to about $337.6 million — nearly double what that original “Frozen” had made by the end of its third wide-release weekend in 2013, adjusting for inflation. “Frozen 2” brought in an additional $90.2 million internationally this weekend, according to the studio, for cumulative global sales of about $919.7 million.
It’s hard to imagine a scenario where “Frozen 2” wouldn’t be making a lot of money, but the fact that there is little fresh competition can’t be hurting.
“Playmobil: The Movie,” an animated family film based on the German toy line and distributed by STX Films, opened this weekend to an estimated (and paltry) $668,000. The movie failed to break into the top 10, despite playing in over 2,300 locations.
Focus Features brought “Dark Waters,” a drama from the director Todd Haynes, into wide release this weekend, expanding it from 94 locations to more than 2,000. The movie made about $4.1 million Friday through Sunday, according to Comscore, which compiles box-office data. That puts “Dark Waters” in sixth place — a modest result given that it was critically well-received (it holds a 93 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and has recognizable stars in Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins.
A handful of other holdovers competed for the sales not claimed by “Frozen 2,” before the biggest December releases (like “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) arrive later in the month.
“Knives Out,” a celebrity-filled whodunit distributed by Lionsgate and directed by Rian Johnson, landed in second place with about $14.2 million in sales this weekend, its second in theaters. “Knives Out” was also the second-place movie last weekend.
The auto-racing film “Ford v Ferrari” (distributed by 20th Century Fox) and the drama “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures) each sold an estimated $6.5 million in tickets, coming in neck and neck. This weekend was the fourth in theaters for “Ford v Ferrari,” but only the second for “Queen & Slim.” Final tallies on Monday will determine which one got the podium finish.
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a drama with Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, rounded out the top five with $5.2 million in sales this weekend, its third in theaters.