Lena Waithe’s major film debut, Queen & Slim, shot out to a top five start at the box office over Thanksgiving weekend. The love story starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith earned $15.8 million after opening on Wednesday, November 27th.
Alongside Queen & Slim, Lakeith Stanfield’s Knives Out also performed well at the box office during its opening week. The murder mystery earned an impressive $41 million over the holiday.
Topping all competitors, Disney’s Frozen II destroyed Thanksgiving box office records this year. The Disney smash hit earned over $120 million after opening on November 27th.
Paul Dergarabedian of Comscore stated, “This was the Thanksgiving box office bounty the industry was hoping for, and while not a record-breaker [overall], the holiday frame was strong enough to knock the YTD deficit down by 1.3% and get the momentum rolling.”
Disney will look to have another strong showing in December with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on December 20th 2019.