Frozen now biggest animated movie ever; Hollywood execs to declare “Golly, people sure do like ice!”

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From a press release sent by Disney today:

DISNEY’S “FROZEN” BECOMES HIGHEST GROSSING ANIMATED FILM EVER

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.

The success of Frozen is likely due to global warming. People are nostalgic for cold and snow, so they flocked to cinemas to see something they no longer can see out their windows. I mean, if North America had had a particularly cold and snowy winter, or something, then we might have to hunt for another reason to explain the bizarre success of this movie. But: mystery solved! Be on the lookout for a slew of copycat movies set in cold places.

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RogerBW
RogerBW
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 6:25pm

Nah, one successful ice film is just a coincidence. Remember Batman and Robin? I don’t care how many ice folk say they want more films about people like them, we’re going to stick with what the mainstream audience says it likes.

(Adjusted for inflation, thanks to Box Office Mojo which I suspect may not have caught up with the most recent weekend figures, it’s down at #8. But that’s not bad going!)

Paul Wartenberg
reply to  RogerBW
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 4:07am

What killed Batman and Robin was throwing in too many villains that didn’t thematically match. Poison Ivy with Freeze?! Uh-uh. Two different polarized motivations. That and the hammy over-acting with abusive puns and questionable story pacing. Also the overemphasis on camp. And…

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 6:44pm

Yeah, I’m sure Disney execs are shocked that Princesses sell.

I love this movie. I appreciate that Elsa is awesome* and a deviation from the standard “Disney princess” mold. But you know who isn’t (and has a lot more screen time to boot)? Anna. Now, Anna is awesome in her own way, but her way references most of the standard tropes.

* when she’s not weeping inconsolably that she cant just be “normal”, which she does a lot.

lucereta
reply to  Dr. Rocketscience
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 2:13pm

References in a subversive way, maybe. Or did you miss that whole, “Wait, you’re planning to marry someone you JUST MET?”

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  lucereta
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 3:52pm

Most of that comes from Cristof. You know, the guy. Elsa’s objections come from her desire for isolation. She ceases to care as soon as she leaves the castle.

lucereta
reply to  Dr. Rocketscience
Wed, Apr 02, 2014 1:41pm

I didn’t get that impression from Elsa’s objection. Yes, privacy was one concern, but she also specifically mentions the “just met” part. If all she wanted was isolation, she could have given permission on the condition that they live in the Southern Isles, which would have given her even more isolation.

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  lucereta
Wed, Apr 02, 2014 8:28pm

She does exactly that, not a dozen lines of dialog later. Also, the next time Elsa sees Anna, she’s now fine with Anna marrying a man she just met (or doing whatever the hell else she wants to do).

Meanwhile this all becomes moot when the script finally makes it’s opinion clear during Hans’s ridiculous face-heel turn.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  lucereta
Wed, Apr 02, 2014 2:20am

That is not exactly a subversive sentiment outside of Disney movies. Though it would explain why the movie is as popular with religious conservatives like Rod Dreher and Michael Medved as it is with free thinkers like MaryAnn and Bluejay.

lucereta
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Wed, Apr 02, 2014 1:39pm

Yes, but the comment I responded to specifically said Anna played into the standard Disney princess tropes. As the earlier Enchanted pointed out, marrying someone you just met is one of those tropes.

Bluejay
Bluejay
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 8:27pm

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.

Next step: have the voice cast tour everywhere and sing all the songs live. Please?

Martin
Martin
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 9:17pm

Prepare for Olaf clones, because that’s what the kids were really wanting. After all, he’s the main character. Right?

My prediction? Shrek 5 will be Shrek having another mid-life crisis when the whole of Far, Far, Away gets covered in snow by Jack Frost and so Shrek has to learn to love himself again as he’s teamed up with a snowman – voiced by Justin Beiber – to try and save his franchise.

Paul Wartenberg
reply to  Martin
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 4:05am

Have you see the fanart ‘shipping Jack Frost from the Guardian movie to Elsa?

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 1:07am

I credit the film’s success to all its Dante references. Because how often do you see a successful American movie that does not have Dante references? ;)

Paul Wartenberg
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 12:23pm

Forrest Gump?

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  Paul Wartenberg
Tue, Apr 01, 2014 5:38am

I always thought Jenny Curran was an excellent stand-in for Beatrice and Lt. Dan an interesting substitute for Virgil. After all, he and Forrest seem to first meet in a selva oscura — which is Spanish for “dark jungle” — just like the “selva oscura” where Dante and Virgil meet in the original version of the Inferno. Plus war is a type of hell so that makes Dantean references even more appropriate. :)

Paul Wartenberg
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Tue, Apr 01, 2014 2:01pm

Plan 9 From Outer Space?!

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  Paul Wartenberg
Wed, Apr 02, 2014 2:18am

I have never seen that movie and I am not sure it is entirely logical to define it as a “successful movie.” However, I will admit that narrator Bela Lugosi would have made an excellent Virgil. And most film critics would cheerfully consign poor Ed Wood to some outer circle of cinematic Hell…

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Wed, Apr 02, 2014 2:21am

Unless you choose to consider him a virtuous pagan. And even then…

Paul Wartenberg
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 4:04am

If we’re gonna get more movies involving snow, with any luck we’ll get a Disney version of Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness! …what?

Lady Tenar
Lady Tenar
reply to  Paul Wartenberg
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 6:54am

OMG YES!!!!

RogerBW
RogerBW
reply to  Lady Tenar
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 9:10am

Really? A Disney version?

Ai and his pet squirrel travel to Gethen…

Paul Wartenberg
reply to  RogerBW
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 12:23pm

they’re gonna add a happy ending to it where Genly Ai and Estraven get married.

…which would rile up the far right to no end and cause them massive heart attacks. Okay, green-light it.

Lady Tenar
Lady Tenar
reply to  RogerBW
Tue, Apr 01, 2014 6:55am

Okay, maybe not Disney. But a film version would be awesome, even though it would be really hard to do properly.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  Lady Tenar
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 12:58pm

OMG! A comment from Lady Tenar! I feel as though I’ve seen Halley’s Comet.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Danielm80
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 1:53pm

Ditto!

Lady Tenar
Lady Tenar
reply to  LaSargenta
Tue, Apr 01, 2014 6:49am

lol. I’m guessing that’s because my name is a Le Guin reference also? (I love that so many people get that here.) Or is my commenting presence just that missed around here?

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  Lady Tenar
Tue, Apr 01, 2014 1:17pm

You’re a smart, funny person who reads Ursula LeGuin. You’ve definitely been missed.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Danielm80
Tue, Apr 01, 2014 2:08pm

EXACTLY.

*waves*

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Paul Wartenberg
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 12:35pm

The problem with suggesting this is that there is the risk someone might take you seriously.

Joseph Bauer
Joseph Bauer
Tue, Apr 01, 2014 9:21am

Maybe people around the world are busting to see 2 smart women as lead characters NOT chasing a dude around for 90 minutes. Maybe our wives, mothers, sisters and my daughters are actually capable of more than just trophies! I love grid girls but ALL THE TIME in different outfits….c’mon!!!!