Given the ubiquity of Disney's Frozen brand, it's almost hard to believe it was six years ago that the original film unleashed a flurry at the box office and a phenomenon in pop culture. It's no surprise, then, that the long-awaited sequel nearly doubled the opening weekend number of the original as Frozen II stormed theaters with $127M in its debut weekend. That's the fifth-highest November premiere of all time (ranking behind various chapters of the Twilight and Hunger Games series) and the largest animated November opening by a long shot (The Incredibles opened to $70 in 2005, and Frozen to $67 in 2013). With a massive starting number like this and the Thanksgiving holiday still in play, Frozen II is well on its way to becoming not only the massive hit most expected, but perhaps an even bigger one.
In second place, Ford v. Ferrari kept things in high gear with a $16M sophomore weekend (down 49%). Through its first ten days, FvF has earned just shy of $60M. Can it hang on through the crowded holiday season to reach the $100M mark?
Opening in third place, the Tom Hanks-starring Fred Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood got a $13.5M start. While that's not an amazing opening number, high marks from critics and audiences alike could help it leg out decent numbers through the holidays.
Debuting in third place, the action thriller 21 Bridges brought in just $9.3M while fifth place went to Midway—down 45% in its third weekend with $4.7M for a new total of $43.1M.