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


From a press release sent by Disney today:


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

    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!)

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    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.

  • Bluejay

    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

    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.

  • Tonio Kruger

    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? ;)

  • 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?

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

  • 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…

  • Lady Tenar

    OMG YES!!!!

  • RogerBW

    Really? A Disney version?

    Ai and his pet squirrel travel to Gethen…

  • 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.

  • Forrest Gump?

  • LaSargenta

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

  • Danielm80

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

  • LaSargenta


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

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    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.

  • Tonio Kruger

    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. :)

  • Lady Tenar

    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?

  • Lady Tenar

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

  • Joseph Bauer

    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!!!!

  • Danielm80

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

  • Plan 9 From Outer Space?!

  • LaSargenta



  • Tonio Kruger

    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

    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.

  • Tonio Kruger

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

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

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