Obviously ‘Frozen 2’ dominated the box office this past Thanksgiving weekend. It made another $124 million over the five-day frame, which broke even more records. In total, the movie has already made over $700 million worldwide. It’s likely it’ll cross the $1 billion mark, just like the original film did back in 2014.
But we’re not here to talk about Frozen 2. We’re here to talk about how originality made a comeback at the box office this past weekend. After ‘Frozen 2’ the top five films at the box office were all original movies.
In second place was the highly entertaining murder-mystery film ‘Knives Out’ which made an impressive $41.7 million. The early projections were in the $20 to $30 million range, so it was a surprise to most people.
In third place was Matt Damon’s ‘Ford v Ferrari’ flick. The film, which also starred Christian Bale, made another $19 million this past weekend after making over $30 million during its debut.
In fourth place was the Mister Rogers biopic, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and in fifth place was Lena Waithe’s baby, Queen & Slim. The completely original flick made a surprising $15.8 million.
Queen & Slim starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, takes a modern spin on Bonnie and Clyde, while grappling with issues of racial prejudice.
The project worked with a budget of just $20 million, so it’s already close to making its money back and more.
Unfortunately, this spark of originality won’t last through Christmas. During the month of December, we’ll see the release of the upcoming Star Wars flick, the Jumanji sequel and Cats.