Well, “Frozen 2” did what it was supposed to do, and put a chill on most of this week’s movies. The Disney franchisee scored a stunning $127 million in its debut weekend, making it the third biggest opening for an animated movie.
Don’t forget, it took the first movie 13 days to make $100 million in 2013, over Thanksgiving weekend. The total domestic take was $400 million. So the sequel already has a quarter of that in the bank. “Frozen 3” is being defrosted even as we speak.
But the real box office story is “Harriet,” directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cynthia Erivo. The Focus Features film has raked in $36 million over 4 weeks. This weekend brought in another $2.3 million. The little movie has a following, great word of mouth, and Erivo in what should be an Oscar nominated performance. They only have to hang on now for some awards announcements, which will bring in more audience.
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SOURCE: Showbiz 411 – Roger Friedman