Sunday, April 21, 2024

Frozen 2: Disney Fans Can’t Let it Go as Sequel Has Boffo $120 Mil Weekend, Hanks “Mr. Rogers” Movie Opens Nicely


It’s a Frozen day in the neighborhood. That’s because Disney’s “Frozen 2″ opened on Friday with $41.8 million, including Thursday previews. With a big surge on Saturday as kids are parked in theaters all day,”Frozen 2” should make $120 million for the weekend. It’s a franchise, not a movie, and it’s cheaper than baby sitting.

In the real world of cinema, Tom Hanks’s Mister Rogers movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” opened nicely with just $4.5 million on Friday. This one is a long haul release which will grow with time and awards news. Marielle Heller’s movie is excellent, and deserves a big audience. Let’s let it simmer over the Thanksgiving weekend, etc.

“Charlie’s Angels” is just not attracting any audience. It made $970,000 last night. Total so far $11.7 million. Total write off. Internationally, the total is $33 million. Even foreign audiences don’t know what’s going on.

More tomorrow…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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