December 2, 2019

Friday Box Office: ‘Knives Out’ And ‘Queen And Slim’ Thrive Alongside ‘Frozen 2’

By Scott Mendelson

As noted yesterday, if I seem a little happier discussing the blow-out numbers for Frozen II’s ridiculous second weekend ($88 million Fri-Sun/$128 million Wed-Sun), it’s because much of the rest of the movies are doing damn well on this long Thanksgiving holiday. Most importantly in this arena, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is performing better than I could have hoped. The acclaimed and buzzy murder mystery flick, starring deep breath, Daniel Craig, Ana De Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Jaeden Martell and Michael Shannon, earned another $10.693 million on Friday, up 73% from Thanksgiving. That also positions the $40 million, Lionsgate/MRC/T-Street release for a $25 million Fri-Sun/$41 million (including sneak previews) Wed-Sun debut.

It should snag the eighth-biggest Thanksgiving debut for a live-action release, sans inflation, behind Creed 2 ($56 million in 2018), Enchanted ($49 million in 2007), Four Christmases ($46 million in 2008) and Unbreakable ($46 million in 2000), Back to the Future part II ($43 million in 1989), Creed ($42 million in 2015) and The Muppets ($41.5 million in 2011). Not to make everything about Star Wars, but if the man who directed The Last Jedi wasn’t necessarily a draw this weekend, and I’d argue he was at least as much of an allure as was Edgar Wright for Sony and MRC’s Baby Driver, he sure as hell wasn’t a detriment. Either way, it’s a huge win for the old-school studio programmer, especially in our Netflix/VOD era.