On the same day it won two Academy AwardsÂ® including Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studiosâ€™ 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, â€œFrozenâ€ has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studiosâ€™ seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining â€œMarvelâ€™s The Avengersâ€ and â€œIron Man 3,â€ Disneyâ€™s second and fourth â€œPirates of the Caribbeanâ€ films, Disneyâ€¢Pixarâ€™s â€œToy Story 3,â€ and Disneyâ€™s â€œAlice in Wonderland.â€
â€œWith â€˜Frozen,â€™ we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in a way we only dreamed was possible,â€ said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. â€œAnimation is the cornerstone of our company, and thanks to the vision, dedication, and talent of our tremendous cast and filmmaking team, Disney Animation has come roaring back with a new classic for fans of all ages.â€
Universally embraced by audiences and critics alike, â€œFrozenâ€ is the winner of two Academy AwardsÂ®, for Best Animated Feature and Original Song (â€œLet It Goâ€). This the first animated feature OscarÂ® win for Walt Disney Animation Studios in the categoryâ€™s 13-year history. The film has also won Golden GlobeÂ®, BAFTA, Criticsâ€™ Choice, and Producers Guild of America awards for best animated film, five Annie Awards, and four Visual Effects Society Awards, among many other honors. The film is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and produced by Peter Del Vecho.
â€œFrozenâ€ opened wide domestically on November 27, 2013, following a five-day exclusive engagement at Disneyâ€™s El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. In its record-setting nationwide opening, â€œFrozenâ€ became the #1 all-time Thanksgiving debut with a $93.6M five-day gross and a $67.4M Friday-Sunday gross over the holiday period. It was Walt Disney Animation Studiosâ€™ biggest opening ever. â€œFrozenâ€ was the #1 movie in its second weekend of wide release and, after posting stellar numbers throughout the holiday season, returned to the top spot four weeks later in its sixth weekend. Due to popular demand, a special sing-along version of the film opened in theaters nationwide January 31, its 10th weekend of wide release. â€œFrozenâ€ has remained in the top 10 films at the domestic box office for all 14 weeks of its wide release, the longest run by any film in four years.
Internationally, â€œFrozenâ€ is the biggest animated film released by The Walt Disney Studios in more than 25 territories, including Russia, China, and Brazil, and Walt Disney Animation Studiosâ€™ biggest release in over 50 territories, including UK/Ireland, Australia, Mexico, and Argentina, as well as the Latin America region as a whole. In Korea, â€œFrozenâ€ was #1 for the first five weeks of release and is now the biggest animated film, the second biggest non-local film, and Disneyâ€™s biggest release of all time. Itâ€™s also the highest-grossing animated film of all time in Denmark and Venezuela, and the biggest non-sequel animated film in the U.K./Ireland. â€œFrozenâ€ debuts in one remaining international territory, Japan, on March 14.
The Platinum-certified â€œFrozenâ€ soundtrack, featuring songs by Tony AwardÂ® winner Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a score by Christophe Beck, returned to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart last week for a fifth time, the first soundtrack to do so since 1998. It entered the chartâ€™s top five in early January and has been #1 or #2 for eight consecutive weeks. It also hit #1 on iTunesâ€™ Overall Album Chart in 31 countries including the U.S. The OscarÂ®-winning song â€œLet It Go,â€ performed by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, who voices Elsa in the film, is also certified Platinum and last week reached #18 on Billboardâ€™s Hot 100 chart.
â€œFrozenâ€ is still available in theaters in 2D, 3D and Sing-A-Long and is now available on Digital HD & 3D. It arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On Demand on March 18.