Frozen 2 remains victorious at box office, Playmobil bombs

In a photo taken on Nov 17, 2019, actors Josh Gad (third, left), Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff pose with people dressed as characters from the film on the red carpet as they arrive to attend the European premiere of the film "Frozen 2" in London. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - "Frozen 2" dominated box office charts for the third weekend in a row as Disney's animated sequel scored another US$34.7 million in North America.

Those ticket sales, a 60% decline from its massive Thanksgiving haul, boost its domestic tally to US$337 million.

"Frozen 2" earned US$130 million in its inaugural outing and another US$123 million the following weekend, cementing new high-water marks for Disney Animation. It's now the third movie this year behind Universal's "Glass" and Disney's "Avengers: Endgame" to win the box office for three consecutive weekends.

Overseas, "Frozen 2" continues to enchant moviegoers as the fantasy follow-up powers to the $1 billion mark at the global box office. It brought in US$90 million internationally this weekend, powering box office receipts to US$920 million globally.

"Frozen 2" is expected to join the billion-dollar club soon and will be the sixth Disney film this year to hit that milestone.

The only new film to movie theater marquees this weekend was STX's "Playmobil," a cartoon based on the European children's toys.

Since "Frozen 2" is still enticing ticket buyers with young kids and the plastic toy company is relatively unknown compared to a brand like Lego (which Warner Bros successfully mined into multiple feature films), "Playmobil" sputtered in spectacular fashion.

The animated adventure collected just US$811,000 from 2,337 theaters in what is one of the worst nationwide opening weekends of all time. Unless the movie resonates in a big way at the international box office - where it has generated US$12.5 million to date - the US$75 million film stands to be a major money loser for co-financiers Wild Bunch, Pathe, Dimitri Rassam and the Paris-based On Animation.

Lucky for STX, the company only paid to distribute the movie and doesn't have a financial stake.

In a distant second place, Lionsgate and Rian Johnson's whodunit "Knives Out" added another US$14.5 million in its second weekend of release. The acclaimed murder mystery - starring Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans and Don Johnson - has pocked US$63.5 million in North America and a strong US$124 million globally to date.

Holdovers rounded out box office charts. Disney-Fox's "Ford v Ferrari" claimed third place, nabbing US$6.58 million from 3,746 venues. After a month in theaters, the racing drama with Christian Bale and Matt Damon amassed US$91 million at the domestic box office.

Universal's "Queen and Slim" landed at No. 4, bringing in US$6.53 million and lifting its North American revenues to US$26.8 million. In fifth place, Sony's "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" earned US$5.2 million in its third outing. The Mister Rogers film starring Tom Hanks has generated US$43.1 million so far.

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