Weekend Box Office Key Insights: Frozen 2 Reaches $1B Globally; Jumanji is Next Level w/ $59.2M

The 10-Digit Club

This weekend, Disney’s Frozen 2 became the eighth film from 2019 to earn $1B globally.

Through Sunday, the animated sequel has earned $666.0M overseas (led by $111.5M in China) and $366.4M domestically, for $1.03B total.

The original Frozen was 2013’s highest-grossing film globally, with $1.27B. The sequel tentatively looks likely to match or exceed that number, although not its yearly rank.

(Frozen 2 will end likely end up as 2019’s #4 movie globally at best, behind Avengers: EndgameThe Lion King, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.)

Eight billion-dollar movies in 2019 represents a new record, up from four and five such films in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Six of the eight such films this year are from Disney.

And the year isn’t done, either. Jumanji: The Next Level is a possible $1B contender as well, while Disney’s fellow Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is guaranteed.

Read our magazine’s cover story on Frozen II, including interviews with co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck.

Leveling Up

Sony’s fantasy action comedy sequel Jumanji: The Next Level led the box office with $59.25M. That’s an impressive +63.8% over the opening of 2017’s original Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Although the comparison may be a bit skewed, because original was more of a slow burn rather than a big opener, earning a very rare 12 weekends in the top 10. For context, it had been more than a year since the prior film to do so: La La Land.

Level has now earned $153.5M overseas, after being released earlier this month in certain markets, led by $38.2M so far in China.

Read our interview with Jumanji: The Next Level director Jake Kasdan here.

Limited Releases

A24’s crime dramedy Uncut Gems earned the second-best per-theater average of 2019. Opening with $537,242 on 5 screens, it averaged $107,448. That’s behind only October’s Parasite which opened with an average of $131,072.

Lionsgate’s political Bombshell began with $131,072 on four screens, averaging $79,253. That would be bigger news if not for Uncut Gems besting it simultaneously, yet still represents the fifth-best average of 2019, behind ParasiteUncut GemsJay and Silent Bob Reboot, and The Farewell.

The Band Didn’t Play On

STX’s animated Playmobil fell -78.1%, the 19th sharpest sophomore weekend drop of all time.

It’s also the third sharpest sophomore weekend drop of 2019, behind -86.3% for The Wizard of Oz re-release and -81.5% for Replicas.

Not the Crown Jewell

Warner Bros.’ drama thriller Richard Jewell was about a bomb and tentatively looks like a bomb, with a fourth place debut of $4.68M. That was far below the $10M to $14M range for most projections.

The audience was 58% male and 83% over age 25. The film earned an “A” CinemaScore.

Could this could be the kind of movie that lasts long, rather than opening big? Director Clint Eastwood’s mid-December release last year, the thematically similar drama thriller The Mule, earned a very impressive 5.92x multiple relative to its opening gross — among the best multiples of 2018.

A Black Eye for the Box Office

Universal’s holiday-themed horror thriller Black Christmas hardly decked the halls. With a fifth place opening of $4.2M, it fell well below the $8M to $12M range for most projections.

The audience was 54% female and 43% under age 25. Earning a “D+” CinemaScore from moviegoers, the title looks likely to fade fast. 

How’d This Weekend Compare?

Total box office this weekend was $117.1M. That’s +29.8% above last weekend but -2.7% below this same weekend last year, when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse led with $35.3M.

The Year So Far

Year-to-date box office stands at $10.45B. That’s -5.7% behind this same date last year, up from -5.8% after last weekend.


Monday’s Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, DEC. 13 – SUN, DEC. 15

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Jumanji: The Next Level $59,251,543 4,227 $14,017 $59,251,543 1 Sony Pictures
2 Frozen II $19,072,948 -46% 4,078 -270 $4,677 $366,433,020 4 Disney
3 Knives Out $9,138,699 -36% 3,413 -48 $2,678 $78,815,947 3 Lionsgate
4 Richard Jewell $4,680,124 2,502 $1,871 $4,680,124 1 Warner Bros.
5 Black Christmas $4,240,245 2,625 $1,615 $4,240,245 1 Universal Pictures
6 Ford v. Ferrari $4,080,749 -39% 2,895 -851 $1,410 $98,185,543 5 20th Century Fox
7 Queen & Slim $3,583,680 -46% 1,560 -155 $2,297 $33,158,550 3 Universal Pictures
8 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood $3,276,920 -37% 2,855 -636 $1,148 $49,251,811 4 Sony Pictures
9 Dark Waters $1,897,650 -53% 2,110 98 $899 $8,786,824 4 Focus Features
10 21 Bridges $1,183,802 -59% 1,533 -932 $772 $26,355,168 4 STX Entertainment
11 Midway $871,787 -55% 1,419 -681 $614 $55,211,634 6 Lionsgate
12 Playing with Fire $665,013 -67% 1,381 -872 $482 $43,259,831 6 Paramount Pictures
13 Playmobil: The Movie $143,735 -78% 1,458 -879 $99 $966,458 2 STX Entertainment

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Parasite $632,485 -10% 306 -27 $2,067 $20,350,204 10 NEON
2 Joker $472,341 -53% 553 -403 $854 $333,042,715 11 Warner Bros.
3 Last Christmas $458,310 -55% 616 -644 $744 $34,399,150 6 Universal Pictures
4 Harriet $424,685 -49% 640 -360 $664 $41,747,850 7 Focus Features
5 Jojo Rabbit $372,306 -34% 400 -179 $931 $19,979,070 9 Fox Searchlight
6 Honey Boy $240,100 -45% 387 -73 $620 $2,630,044 6 Amazon Studios
7 The Good Liar $181,472 -62% 304 -483 $597 $16,638,234 5 Warner Bros.
8 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $165,753 -69% 345 -383 $480 $112,722,384 9 Disney
9 Terminator: Dark Fate $133,193 -59% 250 -181 $533 $62,077,463 7 Paramount
10 Waves $112,286 -73% 281 -289 $400 $1,399,931 5 A24
11 No Safe Spaces $108,075 -64% 165 -35 $655 $1,031,860 8 Atlas Distribution
12 Zombieland: Double Tap $84,158 -56% 162 -104 $519 $72,690,421 9 Sony Pictures
13 Doctor Sleep $81,067 -76% 188 -342 $431 $31,414,419 6 Warner Bros.
14 Abominable $74,670 -24% 159 -15 $470 $60,409,765 12 Universal Pictures
15 En Brazos de un Asesino $67,035 -70% 160 0 $419 $372,955 2 Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
16 Panipat $62,581 -79% 104 -74 $602 $461,863 2 Reliance Entertainment
17 Charlie’s Angels $54,131 -75% 108 -595 $501 $17,657,824 5 Sony Pictures
18 Countdown $44,896 -61% 110 -67 $408 $25,522,872 8 STX Entertainment

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Uncut Gems $537,242 5 $107,448 $537,242 1 A24
2 Bombshell $317,014 4 $79,254 $317,014 1 Lionsgate
3 A Hidden Life $50,383 5 $10,077 $50,383 1 Fox Searchlight
4 Pain and Glory $48,635 -13% 78 0 $624 $3,695,666 11 Sony Pictures Classics
5 The Lighthouse $48,437 -35% 50 -32 $969 $10,627,265 9 A24
6 63 Up $43,250 110% 20 18 $2,163 $100,019 3 BritBox
7 Black and Blue $40,843 -55% 62 -60 $659 $21,981,411 8 Sony / Screen Gems
8 Motherless Brooklyn $27,636 54% 71 26 $389 $9,260,977 7 Warner Bros.
9 Downton Abbey $24,125 -50% 58 -59 $416 $96,839,670 13 Focus Features
10 Cunningham $18,422 4 $4,606 $18,422 1 Magnolia Pictures
11 Arctic Dogs $15,383 -59% 82 -58 $188 $5,734,507 7 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12 The Kingmaker $14,186 256% 18 12 $788 $86,300 6 Greenwich Entertainment
13 Judy $13,902 34% 46 14 $302 $23,970,861 12 Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
14 Promare $10,420 -98% 15 -597 $695 $2,273,556 13 GKIDS
15 Once Upon a Time In Hollywood $9,929 -44% 26 -23 $382 $141,047,060 21 Sony Pictures
16 Hustlers $8,679 5% 23 -7 $377 $104,949,177 14 STX Entertainment
17 Varda by Agnes $7,914 -65% 6 -3 $1,319 $85,427 4 Janus Films
18 Mickey and the Bear $7,551 -24% 20 11 $378 $50,481 5 Utopia
19 Synonyms $5,914 19% 8 1 $739 $166,916 8 Kino Lorber
20 Spiral Farm $5,475 3 $1,825 $5,475 1 Indican Pictures
21 Midnight Family $5,313 75% 3 2 $1,771 $9,989 2 1091
22 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice $4,802 36% 8 -7 $600 $4,225,401 15 Greenwich Entertainment
23 Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter’s Tale $4,680 -86% 6 -86 $780 $88,193 2 Trafalgar Releasing
24 Frankie $4,407 -30% 17 -12 $259 $161,375 8 Sony Pictures Classics
25 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound $3,336 7 $477 $51,605 8 Matson Films
26 The Current War $2,967 -76% 25 -35 $119 $5,975,192 8 101 Studios
27 The Peanut Butter Falcon $2,710 -53% 9 -10 $301 $20,455,629 19 Roadside Attractions
28 Kind Hearts and Coronets (2019 Re-Issue) $2,445 -39% 1 0 $2,445 $24,147 3 Rialto Pictures
29 Little Joe $2,224 -79% 6 -6 $371 $18,991 2 Magnolia Pictures
30 The Disappearance of My Mother $2,112 -32% 2 1 $1,056 $15,383 2 Kino Lorber
31 White Snake $1,911 49% 6 2 $319 $33,904 5 GKIDS
32 Better Days $1,488 -27% 1 0 $1,488 $1,921,657 6 Well Go USA Entertainment
33 Mr. Klein $1,346 -37% 1 0 $1,346 $183,822 15 Rialto Pictures
34 Temblores $1,316 -61% 5 1 $263 $15,320 4 Film Movement
35 Where’s My Roy Cohn? $1,235 24% 5 2 $247 $703,385 13 Sony Pictures Classics
36 American Dharma $1,165 -57% 3 -8 $388 $40,222 7 Utopia
37 Give Me Liberty $1,082 53% 2 1 $541 $236,124 17 Music Box Films
38 The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful $1,056 -69% 1 -1 $1,056 $67,114 5 CJ Entertainment
39 Christ Stopped at Eboli $1,044 1 $1,044 $75,330 37 Rialto Pictures
40 Maiden $962 166% 4 2 $241 $3,161,936 25 Sony Pictures Classics
41 Stuffed $956 1 $956 $11,212 9 Music Box Films
42 When Lambs Become Lions $875 -77% 2 0 $438 $9,337 4 Oscilloscope Laboratories
43 By the Grace of God $857 9% 5 3 $171 $59,914 9 Music Box Films
44 Gregory’s Girl $389 1 $389 $7,710 11 Film Movement
45 Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project $376 -55% 2 0 $188 $30,501 5 Zeitgeist Films
46 Anthropocene: The Human Epoch $109 1 $109 $104,758 12 Kino Lorber
47 David Crosby: Remember My Name $107 -41% 2 -1 $54 $732,515 22 Sony Pictures Classics
48 Gift $40 1 $40 $31,588 10 Matson Films
49 Les Misérables – The Staged Concert $25 -100% 1 -391 $25 $430,762 2 Trafalgar Releasing
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