'Frozen 2' ices out competition at N. American box office

Anna, Olaf, Elsa, actor Josh Gad, and guests attend the world premiere of Disney's "Frozen 2" at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Thursday, November 7, 2019 (AFP Photo/Alberto E. Rodriguez)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Disney's new release "Frozen 2" iced out competitors to top North American box offices over the weekend, taking in $130.2 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday.

The film follows the beloved characters from 2013 hit "Frozen," as they travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest in search of the origin of Queen Elsa's (voiced by Idina Menzel) magical ice powers.

"Frozen 2," which has come out just in time for the winter holidays, set a November record for an animated movie and secured the third-best start for an animated film behind fellow Disney titles "Incredibles 2" (2018) and "Finding Dory" (2016), according to Variety.

In second was last week's leader, "Ford v. Ferrari," with nearly $16 million. The Fox film is based on the true story of how a team at Ford built a car to challenge Ferrari's longtime dominance of France's classic 24-hour Le Mans race.

New Sony release "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," a drama about a journalist's relationship with beloved television star Fred Rogers (played by Tom Hanks), debuted in third place with $13.3 million.

Thriller "21 Bridges" opened at fourth, taking in $9.2 million. The new movie from STX Films stars Chadwick Boseman as an NYPD detective who shuts down all 21 of Manhattan's bridges to find two suspected cop killers.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Midway" ($4.6 million)

"Playing with Fire" ($4.5 million)

"The Good Liar" ($3.4 million)

"Charlie's Angels" ($3.2 million)

"Last Christmas" ($3.1 million)

"Joker" ($2.7 million)