Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Became Disney Animation’s Biggest Sequel Ever

With a Thanksgiving Day gross of $14.7 million, Frozen II has passed Tangled’s $200 million domestic total and should pass $600 million worldwide today, according to Forbes.

Frozen II continued to set fire to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, in a good way, with a scorching $14.7 million on Thursday. That’s just below the $14.95 million gross of Hunger Games: Catching Fire (sans inflation and without 3-D) on Thanksgiving day of 2013, just missing a new record for the holiday.

Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Became Disney Animation’s Biggest Sequel Ever
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Ironically, Catching Fire’s primary competition on its second weekend was the wide release debut of Frozen, which earned $67 million over the Friday-Sunday portion of its $93 million Wednesday-Sunday debut. That’s still the biggest opening for a Thanksgiving release. And now, barring a downtown over the weekend, Frozen II will easily surpass Catching Fire’s $73 million Friday-Sunday/$109 million Wednesday-Sunday second-weekend gross to snag the biggest Thanksgiving weekend ever, opening or otherwise.

The Anna/Elsa sequel has now earned $202 million in its first week in theaters. Presuming it maintained that 36%/64% domestic/overseas split from Sunday (after it opened with $130 million domestic and $228 million overseas), it should have around $556 million worldwide as it cruises past $600 million sometime today.

For what it’s worth, it’s already Walt Disney Animation’s biggest-grossing theatrical sequel, ahead of Ralph Breaks the Internet ($529 million in 2018) and The Jungle Book 2 ($186 million in 2003), Peter Pan 2: Return to Neverland ($115 million in 2002), Fantasia 2000 ($90 million in 2000/2001) and Rescuers Down Under ($27 million). 

You can read more on Forbes.

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