Disney is breaking with its Thanksgiving Eve release tradition and moving the launch of hotly anticipated sequel Frozen 2 up five days to November 22, the Friday before the holiday. In recent years, Disney-Pixar has opened Coco, Moana and The Good Dinosaur the night before Turkey Day in the U.S. — this year’s holiday release will be Ralph Breaks the Internet (Nov. 21).
The first Frozen also released on Nov. 22, in 2013, and remains the top five-day Thanksgiving opening at the box office with $93.5 million. Directed by Jennifer Lee (now Chief Creative Officer of Disney) and Chris Buck, the wintry musical adventure went on to gross $1.276 billion worldwide and receive two Academy Awards, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go” by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez).
Lee and Buck return to direct the sequel, with Allison Schroeder (Christopher Robin, Hidden Figures) aiding Lee in the screenwriting. Lopez and Anderson-Lopez are also back on board for the music, with composer Christophe Beck. The voice cast includes Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown.
[Source: Deadline, boxofficemojo]