Following its triumph at Sunday night’s Oscars, Disney’s Frozen continues to warm the cockles of hearts around the world as its worldwide box office hits new heights.
This past weekend the animated film loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, soared past the $1 billion-mark in worldwide takings. This makes it the second highest-grossing animated film of all time globally (just behind Toy Story 3) and that is without figures from the animated-loving Japanese market where the film doesn’t open there until March 14.
This is the seventh blockbuster from the studio that has passed that impressive figure. Frozen joins the select club of The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland and Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.
Since its opening last November, the film has taken approximately $388.8 million in the States alone with an additional $611.5 million from international markets.
Along with the wins for Best Animated Feature (a first for Disney) and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”) at the Academy Awards, Frozen holds the distinction of being the highest-grossing non-sequel animated picture.
Having conquered the cinematic box office, producers are turning the sights to the theatre box office with confirmation from Disney CEO Robert Iger in January that a Broadway adaptation was in the works.
Given its successes already, it would appear to take a mighty storm to cool audiences’ thirst for more.