Frozen 2 moves up release to make play for the really big box office bucks

Frozen 2 moves up release to make play for the really big box office bucks

It’s going to snow dollar signs earlier than expected in 2019. Disney has moved the sequel to its animated mega-hit Frozen up five days from its original Thanksgiving opening date. Frozen 2 will now open on Friday November 22.

The move switches the film to what is essentially an open weekend as Fox had previously claimed the date for an untitled Fox/Marvel movie. Since Disney now effectively owns Fox, even though the Disney-Fox merger hasn’t officially gone through, moving that film to another weekend won’t be a problem.

Disney likes to open films on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Recent titles opening on that date include, “Coco,” “Moana,” “The Good Dinosaur,” and this year’s “Ralph Breaks The Internet.” Oh yeah, the original Frozen opened wide on Thanksgiving Eve too.

The weekend before Thanksgiving is a popular opening slot for tent-pole franchises like Harry Potter, Twlight, and the Hunger Games. Perhaps this is Disney’s way of saying expect a Frozen 3, 4 and probably 5. Or more likely, Disney hopes it can now own multiple weekends for its frozen juggernaut.

“Frozen” was a huge box office hit. It’s opening five day holiday weekend total was $93.5 million and the total worldwide box office currently stands at $1.28 billion. A number sure to thaw any frozen heart in Burbank should the sequel even approach it.

The animated feature from Disney also won two Oscars. One for best animated feature and the other for best original song, “Let It Go” from husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. We will see if the sequel reach the same artistic heights of the original.

Are you excited to see Anna and Elsa and all their friends back up on the big screen?

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Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp continues to soar at box office

It’s been a while since we checked in on Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” but the movie has quietly been building a buzz at the box office. After this weekend, the new worldwide total is $544.1 Million, thanks to a large $68M opening in China this weekend. That was the 4th best MCU open ever in that market. The Wasp is currently the 15th highest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

At $332.6M, the international box office makes up about 60% of the total take for the Ant-Man sequel and there’s more to come as the film still hasn’t opened up in Japan.

Disney is also having success with Pixar’s “Incredibles 2,” which is now at $1.14 Billion making it the 19th top grossing film of all time. We’re definitely expecting to see more from the Parr family soon.

The news isn’t so good for Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” which has only grossed $77.6M domestically and $36.4M internationally. Still that’s a better performance than the remake of “Pete’s Dragon.”

Finally, “Avengers: Infinity War” has slipped past $2 billion worldwide and is about $21M short of Black Panther’s domestic total atop of all MCU movies. It’s not likely to catch up unless Disney does a holiday re-release, which is unlikely now that the DVD is available in stores.

Which of these films have you already seen?

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Black Panther moves into rarefied air at the box office

It’s been a big weekend for Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” The popular superhero movie crossed the $700 million milestone at the domestic box office. Yes, there is so much love for the movie that even though it’s available on home video, it’s still playing in a couple dozen theaters across the country.

Only two other films have earned more domestically — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avatar.” Once The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox all three films will be part of Disney’s library, which will be a very strong starting position for Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service which starts next year.

Black Panther’s worldwide total is now $1.347 Billion dollars on a reported cost of $200M. The success of director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther shows that big-budget, afro-centric films with a black ensemble cast can make big money.

A Black Panther sequel rumored already be under consideration. However Marvel Studios is being coy about most future movies at the moment. Here’s what Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had to say about a sequel.

“We definitely want Ryan to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now. When will it be? A lot of it will be when Ryan wants to and not rushing anything, but I think we have an idea of when it will be. But, again, [we’re] not going to announce any post-Avengers 4 movies until hopefully after Avengers 4,…” [ via collider ]

It sounds like Marvel and Disney want Ryan Coogler back, but might be willing to let him work on a couple of his own projects before the starting in on a Black Panther sequel. We’ve also heard rumors that other characters from Wakanda could have their own movie or TV series in the future, perhaps a spinoff featuring the women of Wakanda – Shuri, Okoye, and Nakia.

Whatever Marvel Studios and Ryan Coogler settle on, we can’t wait for a return to Wakanda.

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Pixar’s Incredibles 2 rockets passed $1 Billion worldwide

Pixar’s return to the world of The Incredibles has been a mega-hit for The Walt Disney Company. Incredibles 2 just leaped over the $1 billion barrier during its sixth week of release a record for animated films. So far the film has reeled in $574 million domestic and an additional $426M overseas. This makes it the 4th best film at the box office for 2018 and the top animated film (by far).

Domestically Incredibles 2 has now outperformed Finding Dory, making it the top earning Pixar film. In another $66M it will pass Toy Story 3 as the top Pixar film at the worldwide box office too. Incredibles 2 is also 9th among all-time domestic movie releases. That’s an accomplishment!

Believe it or not, Incredibles 2 still hasn’t opened in a number of foreign nations. It just opened in Japan, so expect the worldwide total to rise even further.

It may have been a long 14 year wait for director Brad Bird to come up with an idea for a sequel to the Incredibles, but we think the wait was worth it. We hope we don’t have to wait too long to see more from the Parr family, Frozone, and the rest of the Supers.

Disneyland rushed out an Incredibles 2 overlay to its California Screamin’ roller coaster. We would not be surprised if Disney World isn’t actively trying to figure out how to quickly add an Incredibles attraction to one, or more, of its theme parks. The most frequent rumor is a retheming of Rock’n’Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Where would you put an Incredibles attraction at Walt Disney World?

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