'Frozen' Is Now the Biggest Animated Movie of All Time

Monday, 31 March 2014 08:50 Written by  iamrogue
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'Frozen' Is Now the Biggest Animated Movie of All Time

You've probably seen it at least once, so you know that Frozen is a delight, a musical fairy tale that's at once classic and subversive.

But did you know that the latest from Walt Disney Animation Studios is now also the highest-grossing animated movie of all time?

With a worldwide total of $1.07 billion (and still counting), Frozen has cracked the top ten global earners on the books, passing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and drafting in the slipstream of The Dark Knight Rises.

The musical has zipped past The Lion King's $987.5 million global haul, making Frozen the top of the animated box office heap worldwide.  While Frozen has grossed more than The Lion King overall, the latter picture still has the domestic edge, earning $422.8 million stateside.  Frozen has, to date, grossed $398.4 domestically.

Keep in mind as well that these figures are not adjusted from inflation.  The Lion King made it rain 1994 bills.  The difference that inflation and 3D tickets means that more people saw The Lion King even though Frozen has made more money.

That distinction doesn't mean that Frozen's accomplishment is any less remarkable, though.  With the notable exceptions of Avatar and Titanic, the worldwide top ten is a list of franchises (or, in the case of The Avengers, a quasi-sequel based on an existing property).  Frozen isn't based on something that was already popular.  It made hay based largely on being great, benefiting from sustained interest and phenomenal word of mouth.  In a commercial climate based so much on quick-burn opening weekends, this movie stayed in the domestic top ten right up until it hit Blu-ray.

Just in case you missed it: IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick spoke to co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck in an exclusive interview that you can read by following this link.

Disney made an official announcement touting Frozen's new box office title.  Naturally, we've provided it for you below.

This weekend, Disney’s “Frozen” officially became the highest grossing animated film of all time, and with $1,072.4 million worldwide, it has also entered the list of the top 10 biggest films of all time. The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh billion-dollar release, “Frozen” has earned an estimated $398.4 million at the domestic box office and $674 million internationally.

“Frozen” is the first billion-dollar film for Walt Disney Animation Studios and its first film to receive the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. “Frozen” opened wide domestically on November 27, 2013, posting the #1 all-time Thanksgiving debut ($93.6M five-day, $67.4M three-day) and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest opening ever. It remained in the top 10 films at the domestic box office for 16 consecutive weeks, the longest run by any film since 2002.

Internationally, “Frozen” is the biggest Disney or Pixar animated film of all time in 27 territories, including Russia, China, and Brazil. In Korea, where the film has grossed an estimated $77.1 million, “Frozen” was #1 for the first five weeks of release and is the biggest animated film, the second biggest non-local film, and Disney’s biggest release of all time. It’s also the highest-grossing animated film of all time in Denmark and Venezuela. Since its debut March 14 in Japan, “Frozen” has claimed the #1 spot in its first three weekends and continues to play strongly with an estimated $50.5 million to date.

Released on digital February 25 and on disc March 18, “Frozen” is the fastest-selling digital release ever and sold over 3.2 million Blu-ray/DVD units in its first day, putting it on track to be one of the biggest home entertainment sellers in a decade.

The Platinum-certified “Frozen” soundtrack returned to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart last week for a seventh time with more than 1.6 million copies and over 5 million individual tracks sold. The album has also held the #1 position for five nonconsecutive weeks at Spotify and is approaching 110 million streams worldwide. The Oscar®-winning song “Let It Go” has sold over 2.6 million copies, and the film clip of the song has been viewed over 160 million times on YouTube.

With original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and an original score by Christophe Beck, “Frozen” is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, written by Jennifer Lee, and produced by Peter Del Vecho. It features the voice talents of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad.

“Frozen” is available in theaters in 2D, 3D and Sing-A-Long, as well as on Digital HD & 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand.

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