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‘Knives Out’ Sticks as a Side Dish To Frozen II - Weeks 5 & 6

Ford v. Ferrari
Frozen II
Knives Out
Queen & Slim
Terminator: Dark Fate

Thanksgiving has come and gone so fast I barely remember if I had sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, or both. The Holiday Movie Pool is going from a couple movies a week into “every single movie left out there is coming out in the next 13 days” mode. There will be winners that take their place on our final Top Five and there will be losers as forgotten as whether you had ranch, blue cheese, or both on your salad at Thanksgiving.

Knives Out tried to take a stab at the Thanksgiving box-office. It offered a star-studded cast in a low-budget affair. Meaning, this wasn’t a comic book or big special effects movie. If you were coming out to Knives Out, it was to see something different than Suicide Venom League 2. Apparently, some people got the point.

Knives Out opened to $41 million 5-day total over the Thanksgiving break and finished with a second weekend of $14.2 million. With $63.6 million so far, it’s clear that Knives Out found an audience yet probably missed the mark of being a “blockbuster.” It’s about $30 million behind Ford v. Ferrari and doesn’t seem likely to sharpen its ticket sales.

Queen & Slim went a less splashy route with a topical film over a who’s who cast list. While the film was around Knives Out in the average screen income, being on almost 2,000 less screens made their totals seem less impressive. Queen & Slim is up to $27 million after two weekends in release.

Meanwhile, Frozen II continued into the unknown making money after more money. My ‘knowns” after seeing the film: 1) It must be nice to be a songwriter knowing Idina Menzel can make anything sound better than it really is. 2) Going from Anna to Elsa as the main character is like going from Lightning McQueen to Mater in Cars 2. 3) If Frozen III doesn’t mash-up Elsa with Frozone from The Incredibles, something’s gone terribly wrong.

Despite my misgivings, something going terribly right for Frozen II is it earning $338 million so far... and it still has several weeks ahead of school-free kids who need to see something with grandma that isn’t Black Christmas.

This Week: Jumanji: The Next Level comes out to play. Though the idea of casting older stars to “liven-up” the franchise seems odd on that surface (and it certainly didn’t work by adding Mel Gibson and John Lithgow to Daddy’s Home 2), maybe having Kevin Hart and The Rock not actually act like Kevin Hart and The Rock is a nice change of place. The Rock being “The Rock” got a little old in Rampage and Skyscraper, yet maybe he just needs another actor to bounce off of. Acting with a CGI gorilla and a building isn’t the same as his enjoyable pairings with Jason Statham, Kevin Hart, and Vin Diesel when Vin is standing on a box to try and look as tall as Dwayne. We’ll find out if moviegoers are ready for The Next Level or if they got the gist the first time around.

The Top Five If Today Was MLK Day:
#1. Frozen II - $338 million
#2. Ford V. Ferrari - $91.2 million
#3. Knives Out - $63.5 million
#4. Terminator: Dark Fate - $61.8 million
#5. Midway - $53.4 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 12/12/2019

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Ford v. Ferrari, Frozen II, Knives Out, Midway, Queen & Slim, Terminator: Dark Fate
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