‘Frozen 2’ Skates Off With $100M WW Through Friday; Sets Another Animated Record In China

‘Frozen 2’ Skates Off With $100M WW Through Friday; Sets Another Animated Record In China

23 Nov 2019 (PT)
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SATURDAY UPDATE: Through Friday, Disney’s Frozen 2 has grossed $99.6M worldwide. The international box office portion of that is $57.8M with the full offshore launch looking to climb into the $180M+ realm, outstripping some industry projections from ahead of the weekend and, in a sign of the anticipation for this pic, throwing snowballs at the original which bowed to $67M in like-for-like markets today's rates. The Jennifer Lee/Chris Buck-directed sequel continues to open at No. 1 in all markets, setting new benchmarks in many.

The cume above does not include the China Saturday whose early estimates point to another $24M a 110% increase on Friday, bringing the total there to $35M over the first two days. The local Saturday number RMB 169M set a new single-day record for an animated Hollywood title, overtaking Disney’s own Zootopia RMB 167M - that’s a straight comparison which doesn’t take into account that Zootopia‘s box office did not include online service fees which were not added at the time. The Middle Kingdom debut should top $50M.

Also in China, and as noted yesterday, Anna and Elsa set a new record for a Disney Animation/Pixar opening day Friday. The same record has been achieved in Poland while Friday was the top Disney Animation opening day ever in the UK and Mexico at $3.9M and $2.1M, respectively, per our sources.

Elsewhere, the ladies captured the No. 2 best animated opening day for a western film in Japan behind only Toy Story 4. We understand F2 skated to a $3M Friday bow in this key, slow-burn market which was the top-grossing hub on the original.

Frozen 2 also shoveled up the 2nd best Disney Animation/Pixar opening day ever in Spain, India and Vietnam.

We’ll have a full update on Sunday.

PREVIOUS UPDATE FRIDAY, writethru: Disney's Frozen 2 is off to a hot start overseas with $18.6M from 26 markets at the international box office through Thursday. All debuts were No. 1, while Anna and Elsa now own the biggest animated opening day of all time in Korea $4.2M and several other hubs including Indonesia, Turkey, the Philippines, Malaysia and the UAE.

Along with Korea, key markets that have launched so far on the Jennifer Lee/Chris Buck-directed sequel are France and Germany. The first day in France set a new Disney Animation record with $2.6M, while Germany posted the 3rd highest animated opening day of all time at $1.9M. Both markets are currently at $3M.

Not included in the offshore total above is the China Friday which plowed in $11.4M. with sneaks, repping the best Disney Animation/Pixar opening day ever. This portends a debut weekend in the $40M+ range, with a bump expected on Saturday. The film currently has a 9.1 on Maoyan and a 7.5 on Douban. Though the original logged a 9.5 on Maoyan and an 8.3 on Douban, its Middle Kingdom final in the younger days of the boom market was $48.2M in unadjusted dollars; this means Frozen 2 could ice the first film in its first frame. The two biggest overall Disney and/or Pixar movies in China are, respectively, Zootopia and Coco which both over indexed versus their stablemates.

Ahead of the weekend, conservative projections for the international opening were in the $120M-$140M range, though we were cautioned there was plenty of upward wiggle room. It certainly now looks like that will be the case with at least a $170M start that should lean even higher. Japan is an issue here since it was such a stalwart the last time around, holding No.1 for 16 weeks as it continued to strike a chord. We will know more how Japan is reacting in the coming days. Along with that market and China bowing today, are 10 further markets including such key plays as Mexico, the UK and Spain.

The original Frozen was a phenomenon that just built and built, so the thinking has been that this one could be more frontloaded, particularly in markets like Japan and Korea which had massive multiples last time around. Until we see the performance in Japan, a slow-burn market, that remains something of a swing. Korea, for its part, is now at $8.9M after two days not included in the through-Thursday total above so there’s no slowdown there. In France, we see a drop from Wednesday to Thursday, but the fact that kids aren’t in school on Wednesday afternoons contributes to that.

In other milestones in early play, Frozen 2 has also posted the 2nd highest animated opening day of all time in Belgium and the 3rd highest animated opening day ever in the Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand.

Source: deadline.com

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‘Frozen 2’ Skates Off With $100M WW Through Friday; Sets Another Animated Record In China
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