Box Office: Frozen 2 cracks $20m ahead of Star Wars weekend

• Overall the Australian box office made $9.80m declining 17%.

After three weeks Frozen 2 has made it past the halfway mark to surpass Toy Story 4 as the highest-grossing animated film in Australia for 2019 with $22.79m. The film took advantage of a quiet weekend of releases ahead of the release of fellow Disney film Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker next week which is expected to have a massive opening weekend total potentially rivaling Avengers: Endgame record breaking $34.11m.

The only new entry to the top five this week was family comedy Playing with Fire starring John Cena, with two films dropping out thanks to the return of Last Christmas which is showing some holiday legs thanks to the festive season.

The films to drop out of the top five this week where Ford v Ferrari (five weeks $9.28m) and The Good Liar (two weeks $1.80m).

Overall the Australian box office made $9.80m declining 17%.

#1 Frozen 2 $3.68m

Continuing its strong form since its release the sequel to the 2013 hit is living up to its legacy as it is on target to be a top 10 film in 2019. This week it declined only 32% after averaging 6,302 on 585 screens.

#2 Knives Out $1.47m 

Three weeks in a row and three weeks at second spot the whodunit has continued to draw in Australian audiences as it averaged $4,951 on 298 screens making a total of $7.99m.

#3 The Addams Family $918,806

A second week in a row in third spot, the film has had a relatively slow start considering the legacy of the Addams Family brand, however with the holiday season upon us it could see an associated boost in audience numbers. This week it managed to average $3,247 on 283 screens bringing its total to $2.69m.

#4 Playing with Fire $863,616

The school holidays friendly flick has debuted at number four with the family drama featuring firefighters making an average of $3,309 on 261 screens.

#5 Last Christmas $590,877

The biggest Christmas release of the holiday season has returned to the top five after increasing its per-screen average with $2,536 on 233 screens as it brings its total to $9.62m.

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