Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen 2 is ending the cold snap at the November box office, where it’s on course for a record U.S. debut of $110 million to $120 million.
It would be the best-ever opening for an animated pic launching outside of summer, and one of the top five starts ever for any animated title, not adjusted for inflation. Friday, November 22’s queenly haul of $41.8 million includes $8.5 million in Thursday night previews.
The first Frozen, which opened domestically the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2013, set a holiday animated record with a five-day gross of $93 million, including $67 million for the three-day weekend. It went on to earn $1.28 billion at the global box office to become the top-grossing animated film of all time, not adjusted for inflation.