To the surprise of nobody, Disney's Frozen 2 led the global box office over the weekend, breaking yet more records in the process. The blockbuster sequel claimed another $85 million over the weekend for a domestic running total of more than $287 million. Internationally, Elsa and co cast their spell with more than $450 million taken in just over a week. At the time of writing, Frozen 2 is sitting on a worldwide total of $740 million, breaking $1 billion by next weekend seems like a certainty.
Elsewhere in the top ten, Rian Johnson's starstudded whodunit Knives Out launched to a robust $27 million for its first three days with $41 million for the full Holiday weekend. An impressive cast that includes Chris Evan, Daniel Craig, and Jamie Lee Curtis has proved to be a winner with audiences as well as critics. Ford vs. Ferrari is showing serious endurance as it slips one place to third with a respectable $13 million. The fact-based drama starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale has grossed more than $81 million so far, with $62 million (and counting) internationally. After just over a week in cinemas, Ford vs. Ferrari has raced to more than $140 million at the worldwide box office.
Tom Hanks Oscar hopeful A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood dropped to fourth taking $11.7 million, and romantic drama Queen & Slim starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith landed in fifth place. Showing on less than half the screens as most of the other movies here, Queen & Slim grossed a commendable $11.6 million for the weekend. Chadwick Boseman's gritty thriller, 21 Bridges, is struggling to find an audience taking $5.8 million for its second frame. Produced by Avengers directors Anthony and Joe Russo, 21 Bridges has grossed just $19 million after two weeks with international takings doing little to add to the tally.
The countdown to Star Wars Rise of Skywalker has officially begun with the advanced box office open for business. Projections for the opening weekend range from $175-$200 million, but that could change as we edge towards December 20th. It won't just be Star Wars dominating the global box office in the coming weeks, Jumanji The Next Next hits cinemas a week before Star Wars. Two years ago, the first rebooted Jumanji held up surprisingly well against The Last Jedi; Sony will be hoping their sequel will prove just as durable against Rise of Skywalker.