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‘Frozen 2’ heats up box office with $127M opening weekend

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Songwriter Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Composer Christophe Beck, actors Jason Ritter, Alfred Molina, Sterling K. Brown, Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Martha Plimpton, Rachel Matthews, Hadley Gannaway, Mattea Conforti, Jeremy Sisto, Producer Peter Del Vecho, Director Chris Buck and Director/writer/Walt Disney Animation Studios CCO Jennifer Lee attendthe world premiere of Disney's "Frozen 2" at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

NEW YORK — Six years after “Frozen” kicked up a pop-culture blizzard, the sequel to Elsa, Anna and Olaf’s adventures snowed-in the box office with an estimated $127 million debut domestically and $350 million worldwide.

The opening sets a record for an animated movie released outside of the summer season. The first “Frozen” opened over Thanksgiving, earning $93 million in five days and $67 million for the three-day weekend.

“Frozen 2” reviews and audience reaction have been good but not as strong as those for “Frozen.” Time will tell if the sequel can match the $1.28 billion of the original.

Last week’s top film, “Ford v Ferrari” slipped to a distant second with $16 million. The Mister Rogers drama “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” opened in third with $13.5 million.

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