Frozen has joined a very exclusive club at the box office: Films that have grossed more than $1 billion dollar dollars globally.
Only the 18th film in history to have broken the billion dollar barrier, Frozen has done so in just 15 weeks from its initial release. As with all major box office reports, do keep in mind that this does not take into account ticket price adjustments for older films, but it is an impressive milestone to achieve all the same.
The highest grossing animated film of all time is still Toy Story 3 with $1.062 billion, and it’s doubtful Frozen has enough left in its engine to make up the $62 million dollar difference. It does, however, hold the record now for the highest grossing original animated film. With it being up for two Oscars tonight for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song (“Let it Go”), it could see a bump next weekend and push it enough to climb the list even further.
This brings Disney’s count in the billion dollar club to seven with the other six being two of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Alice in Wonderland and the aforementioned Toy Story 3.
The tally for Frozen breaks down as $388,736,000 in the U.S. and $611,500,000 internationally off of a $150 million dollar budget. Despite the film having been released digitally last Tuesday – the physical release is later this month – the film still collected $3.6 million at the U.S. box office this week to come in eighth.
Disney has already announced that it is working on adapting the film for the stage, and with these sorts of numbers, an animated sequel – at least of the home video variety – is probably not out of the question.
Expect Frozen to be with us a for a long time to come, folks.