In that respect, Frozen II’s opening seems… whelming. We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. My outlets for film criticism, box office commentary, and film-skewing scholarship have included The Huffington Post, Salon, and Film Threat. If there is any (entirely relative) reason for concern, it’s that the weekend guestimates got smaller every day as the grosses from Thursday to Sunday were smaller than predicted on Thursday, when a $23.8 million Wednesday gross had we pundits considering a $112 million/$155 million Thanksgiving haul. But it’s harder to be “excited” for Frozen II than it was to be excited for Frozen in 2013, for mostly due to how Disney has used (or might use) the power that first film helped them accumulate. I've studied the film industry, both academically and informally, and with an emphasis in box office analysis, for nearly 30 years.
We’re still talking about a pre-Thanksgiving opener that is going to open with over $100 million and, unlike Justice League, didn’t cost $300 million to produce.
Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Frozen II is just another notch on Disney’s proverbial Infinity Gauntlet. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff in Walt Disney's Frozen II. So many “originals” are so pre-sold and fan-driven that the first movies essentially play like hyped sequels in the first place. Idina’s last name was originally Mentzel, although she changed it to reflect it’s pronunciation. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. But will she "pay for that"? Disney’s win this weekend is the earned pay-off for the initial legacy-redefining triumph six years ago. She appeared in Frozen, Wicked and Glee, so how much money has she made? According to Celebrity Net Worth, Idina Menzel is worth $10million, or around £7.7m. Live: What The Presidential Election Results Mean For Your Money, EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. or ultra-violent PG-13 actioners (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). Idina Menzel, who famously starred in Wicked and Frozen, struggled financially after Rent and was dropped from her record label. That’s not the movie’s fault, and nobody forced audiences to stop seeing “regular movies” in theaters. I have extensively written about all. In "Frozen 2," Idina Menzel hits "Let It Go"-level high notes once more for the new song "Into the Unknown. Since Frozen was not created as a franchise-starter, it has an advantage over many of the disappointing sequels we’ve seen of late. Idina Menzel Oscar Performance Jewelry - P 2014 Ticket sales for the "Frozen" singer's first major Broadway role in 10 years were strong following a … It’s Walt Disney Animation’s biggest-grossing theatrical sequel, ahead of Ralph Breaks the Internet ($529 million), Rescuers Down Under ($27 million) and Fantasia 2000 ($90 million). © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. My outlets for film criticism, box office commentary, and film-skewing scholarship have included The Huffington Post, Salon, and Film Threat. Again, comparisons to The Grinch and The Phantom Menace ($64 million opening/$52 million second weekend) may be in play. Still, even if the flick drops dead after the holiday, think Twilight sequel legs, Disney is still looking at a domestic finish of $367 million, which is well above the likes of Aladdin ($353 million) and Joker ($331 million-and-counting). That’s one of the smallest drops ever for a $100 million-plus opener, behind only Shrek 2 (-33% for a $72 million weekend after a $108 million debut in May of 2004). It’s the difference between Angel Has Fallen and Rambo: Last Blood, or the difference between a hit and a miss. While history is on its side in terms of legs (both Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4 topped $415 million with similar $110 million/$120 million openings), it’s not yet a guarantee. They became engaged in September 2016 and married a year later. Follow me at @ScottMendelson and "like" The Ticket Booth on Facebook. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. She was born in New York City and comes from a Jewish family. But since Shrek 2 opened on a Wednesday (for a $128 million launch), Frozen II’s 34% drop is technically the smallest for an “opened on a Friday” $100 million-plus opener, for what that’s worth. Express. Because Frozen, which was the surprise super smash of 2013, fit the variables to a tee. There still may be other “breakout sequels” in the future, but they may be confined, save for the MCU (for now), among the exceedingly rare “opened small but legged out” likes of John Wick: Chapter 2 or Pitch Perfect 2. While I still think that the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (opening April 8, 2022) fits the bill but otherwise, I think studios are going to have to come to terms with the notion that, like it was in the 1980’s and most of the 1990’s, most franchises will (domestically) peak on the first movie. So, on paper, Frozen seemed like a prime “breakout sequel” contender. Walt Disney’s Frozen II, starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, earned another $85.2 million (-34.5%) over its second Fri-Sun weekend and $124 million over the holiday Wed-Sun frame. It opened ($56 million) as a breakout sequel to John Wick: Chapter 2 which opened ($30 million) as a breakout sequel to John Wick ($14 million). Frozen, six years ago, went wide on Thanksgiving weekend for a $93 million Wed-Sun opening. It earned rave reviews, superb audience scores and a good-to-great opening followed by exceptionally long legs. Idina is married to actor Aaron Lhor, from California. The reviews have been strong without being superlative, with demerits going to the painfully generic (and convoluted) story, redundant songs, an unwillingness to take creative risks and the grim feeling that it only exists, and is hamstrung by, financial considerations. READ MORE: What are critics and fans saying about Frozen 2?
Frozen earned a jaw-dropping $247 million in Japan, so that market is the one to watch tomorrow morning. Walt Disney’s Frozen II, starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. Its $290 million cume is just below Catching Fire’s $296 million, but c’est la vie. I've studied the film industry, both academically and informally, and with an emphasis in box office analysis, for nearly 30 years. Either way, it’s a firm hold after a $130 million Fri-Sun debut and shows that Disney made the right call to date this one the weekend before Thanksgiving. Frozen 2: Exciting revelation about Elsa's 'GIRLFRIEND', Idina Menzel net worth: Frozen 2 star has made huge sum of cash, Idina Menzel net worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth she is worth around £7.7m, Gary Rhodes net worth: Masterchef star had impressive fortune, Idina Menzel net worth: She appeared in Frozen, Wicked and Glee, Andrea Bocelli net worth: The amount he made, Idina Menzel net worth: Since she was 15 she worked as a singer at weddings and bar mitzvahs, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie net worth, Kristen Stewart net worth: The millions she made from Twilight. You may opt-out by. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. But said slump was less about Terminator: Dark Fate and Charlie’s Angels bombing and more about the presumed November titans, Wonder Woman 1984 and No Time to Die (and, I suppose, Sonic the Hedgehog) moving to 2020. One of the things that made Frozen unique, that it was a super-duper event movie by/for women and girls, is now slightly less of a rarity. Idina went on to get a degree in drama, before she had her breakout role in Rent. It’s likely going to earn strong buzz (it earned an A- grade from Cinemascore) and decent legs, even if it gets dinged by Jumanji 3, Cats, Rise of Skywalker, Little Women and Spies in Disguise starting on December 13. The core appeal of Frozen was the character chemistry of Kristen Bell’s Anna and Idina Menzel’s Elsa, and the buzzy songs, so the film merely had to deliver that to please the fans and the crowds. Frozen earned $48 million in China, a figure that Frozen II may surpass by Sunday night (it has earned $35 million in two days). For the latter performance, she received a 2004 Tony Award. In this sense, Frozen II = The Force Awakens.
It topped Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s $74 million/$109 million second frame to snag the best Thanksgiving weekend ever. She also voiced the character Elsa in the 2013 Disney film Frozen, providing vocals on the Academy Award winning song “Let it Go.” Continue to next page below to see how much is Idina Menzel really worth, including net worth, estimated earnings, and salary for 2019 and 2020. It’s the eighth-biggest non-opening (sans inflation) of all time. We can expect an opening weekend of around $110-$125 million for the Kristen Bell/Idina Menzel sequel, making it the first animated feature to open above $100 million outside of summer. That goes, no spoilers, both to the artistic choices that were made as well as the ones which were not. Conversely, this merely “very good” opening may signal that the era of the breakout sequel, especially for sequels to big openers, may essentially be extinct outside of the MCU. It’s Star Trek Into Darkness all over again. In a different time, I could have easily seen Frozen 2 opening on par with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($158 million in 2013). It only exists because of consumer demand, not because the studio wants to milk a once-successful IP or because certain filmmakers want to roll the dice again with their favorite franchise. Since she was 15 she worked as a singer at weddings and bar mitzvahs.