Frozen 2 debuts at the top of the box office, just shy of $10m

Frozen 2 has flown to the top of the box office in its opening weekend, earning $9.727m across 768 screens. The sequel to the 2013 Disney animated blockbuster was up 59% on its predecessor’s opening weekend and figures provided by Val Morgan show that 587,121 people saw the film across the weekend.

The launch of Frozen 2 is the biggest debut for an animated film in Australia for 2019, the sixth-highest opening of the year and sixth-highest animated family film of all time.

Frozen easily outstripped fellow debutant, Knives Out, which opened to $2.18m from 276 screens. The murder mystery film stars an ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.

However, the pair easily ended the hold of previous box office rulers, Ford V Ferrari and Last Christmas, on the top of the charts.

Ford V Ferrari was down 39% from the previous weekend, with an income of $1.19m from 347 screens. Romantic comedy, Last Christmas, drew $789,365 from 271 screens. Its running total is currently at $7.7m.

Joker has remained in the top 10 after nine weekends at the box office. After showing on 165 screens, the Joaquin Pheonix fronted thriller earned $249,641 from 165 screens, bumping its Australian running total to $39m.

Charlies Angels, the remake of the 1970s TV show starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, walked away from its third weekend with $524,606 from 314 screens.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Frozen Ii (Disney) $9,727,620 768 $9,727,620
Knives Out (Studiocanal) $2,185,972 276 $2,871,972
Ford V. Ferrari (Disney) $1,192,214 347 $7,303,504
Last Christmas (Universal) $798,365 271 $7,752,618
Charlie's Angels (Sony) $514,606 314 $4,195,373
Fisherman's Friends (Roadshow) $281,297 260 $1,153,212
Joker (Wb) $249,641 165 $39,776,949
21 Bridges (Roadshow) $219,340 209 $914,459
Terminator: Dark Fate (Disney) $148,015 125 $8,338,696
Official Secrets (Universal) $122,486 62 $566,950
Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (Disney) $58,575 77 $9,017,114
Judy (Universal) $53,462 91 $3,146,263
Countdown (Studiocanal) $48,740 82 $241,052
Mrs. Lowry & Son (Rialto) $47,703 43 $183,746
Pain And Glory (Universal) $36,254 20 $568,258
Hustlers (Roadshow) $35,214 21 $9,205,084
Ride Like A Girl (Transmission) $31,280 71 $11,483,998
Zombieland: Doubletap (Sony) $27,846 43 $5,977,594
Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep (Wb) $27,145 152 $1,815,536
Rocketman (Paramount) $19,854 6 $20,246,092

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