Everything's Coming up "Frozen": Top Animated Box Office, Top Album, Producer Interview, & Firefighters Singing "Let It Go"
With this past weekend’s box office results, Disney’s Frozen has become the top grossing animated feature film of all time, earning $1.072 billion worldwide to top Toy Story 3‘s $1.063 billion worldwide gross. Frozen is also now the 10th highest grossing movie of all time, falling just behind Warner Bros’ The Dark Knight Rises‘ $1.084 billion gross.
One major factor in Frozen‘s success is the $77 million in ticket sales contributed by the South Korean market, and Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about that and many other topics about the film in Seoul. Regarding its success, Del Vecho states that “I feel like [Frozen has] taken on a life of its own,” and although the characters are already in the Disney theme parks and discussions have begun for a stage production, he does not comment on future spin-off franchises or sequels, saying only that, “I feel that this team — myself, along with Chris Buck and Jen Lee — we work very, very well together so I believe we will be developing a new project. But I don’t know what that is right now.”
The Hollywood Reporter also notes that the Frozen soundtrack is heading for its eighth consecutive week at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. If the soundtrack reaches that milestone (to be revealed with the newest chart on Wednesday, April 2, 2014), it will become the longest-running number one album since 2012, when Adele’s 21 reigned over the album chart for 24 weeks.
Finally, The Hollywood Reporter also linked to a news report of two Boston firefighters singing the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” to calm down and rescue a four-year old in a stuck elevator.
Disney’s full press release on Frozen breaking the record for highest grossing animated film in history is attached below.
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.
With original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and an original score by Christophe Beck, “Frozen” is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, written by Jennifer Lee, and produced by Peter Del Vecho. It features the voice talents of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad.
“Frozen” is available in theaters in 2D, 3D and Sing-A-Long, as well as on Digital HD & 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand.