On Wednesday alone, "Frozen" took in more than $15 million. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," the film could take in as much as $70 million over five days in its first weekend in wide release, The Times earlier reported. The tale of two princess sisters, voiced by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, was introduced last weekend at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
"Frozen" is ahead of the pace set by Disney's 2010 animated release "Tangled," which also debuted on Thanksgiving eve. "Tangled" drew more than $11 million on its opening day and brought in a total of $68.7 million for the weekend.
"Frozen" has opened to strong reviews and currently has an 85% "fresh" rating on the critic aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. "With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, 'Frozen' is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake," the Times' Betsy Sharkey wrote in her review.
Still, the dominating force at the box office this Thanksgiving will be Lionsgate’s sequel to “The Hunger Games.” The film, starring
"Catching Fire" took in more than $158 million last weekend for the best November opening ever. The film was expected to generate ticket sales of around $85 million this weekend.
Also new on Wednesday was the
Elsewhere on the charts is Fox Searchlight's “Black Nativity,” the