Hot on the heels of its Academy Award® wins for Best Animated Feature and Original Song (Let It Go), the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd feature film, Frozen, surpassed the $1 billion worldwide box office mark. Frozen is now the biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally.
To date, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million domestically and $611.5 million internationally for a global title of $1,000.3 million. It is Disney’s 7th release to reach the $1 billion mark. Previously, Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Disney’s second and fourth installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3, and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland had reached the $1 billion box office receipt level.
“With Frozen, 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,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “Animation 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.”
Embraced by audiences and critics alike, Frozen is the first animated feature Oscar® win for Walt Disney Animation Studios in the category’s 13-year history. Frozen has also won Golden Globe®, BAFTA, Critics’ 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.
Frozen opened wide domestically on November 27, 2013, following a five-day exclusive engagement at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. It became the #1 all-time Thanksgiving debut with a $93.6 million five-day gross. It was Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest opening ever and 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, Frozen is the biggest animated film released by The Walt Disney Studios in more than 25 territories, and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest release in over 50 territories.
Frozen’s soundtrack has performed just as spectacularly as the film has. The Platinum-certified soundtrack, featuring songs by Tony Award® 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 chart’s top five in early January and has been #1 or #2 for eight consecutive weeks. It also hit #1 on iTunes’ Overall Album Chart in 31 countries including the U.S. The Oscar®-winning song “Let It Go,” performed by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, who voices Elsa in the film, is also certified Platinum and last week reached #18 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Frozen is still available in theaters in 2D, 3D and Sing-A-Long and is now available on Digital HD & 3D. It will be released on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On Demand on March 18.