Most of the Northern Hemisphere has gotten colder this time of year, but people haven’t been “frozen” enough to avoid catching the season’s hottest movie, Frozen 2!
The Disney sequel earned $123.7 domestically from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through the Sunday after, to set a record for the holiday weekend. The previous record was held by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which made just under $110 million in 2013.
When the original Frozen initially premiered in 2013, it made $93.7 million over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The latest record follows the animated record Frozen 2 set in its opening weekend. The film earned $127 million domestically in its opening weekend, bringing in over 75% more than the original made during its opening. Frozen 2 brought in a record-breaking $350 million worldwide. This makes the film the biggest opening for Walt Disney Studios ever—beating Disney’s release of The Lion King in July of 1994.
Sales at the box office in November were down twenty-seven percent from last year, so Frozen 2 serves as a major boost. Comparatively, other November movie releases opened much lower.
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Perhaps the ticket to success for the Frozen sequel is returning to its roots and providing fans with an origin story they’ve waited six years to hear. In the first movie, we were left with questions regarding Elsa and Anna’s parents as well as the mysterious nature behind Elsa’s powers. In this sequel, we find some of those answers.
The film hits fans right in the gut, giving us even more from the story—more than we even realized we needed to hear. With new music and the return of the original cast, including Idina Menzel as Elsa and Kristen Bell as Anna, it’s no wonder Frozen 2 has had such a profitable opening.
In total, the movie has grossed $738 million globally, which puts it easily on pace to be Disney’s 6th billion dollar movie of 2019. No other studio has ever had more than four such films.
Still curious about the origins of Elsa’s powers? If you haven’t already had a chance to catch the movie, be sure to check it out in theaters now. For even more, you can check out the musical adaptation of the original Frozen playing on Broadway and touring across the United States. Or you can catch the original Frozen on Disney+.
One thing is for sure: Frozen 2 has certainly thawed our hearts, earning its way into the hearts of all those across the globe, young and old.