By Michael Gioia
31 Mar 2014
With $1,072.4 million worldwide, "Frozen" has also entered the list of the top ten biggest films of all time. "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 Nov. 27, 2013, posting the No. 1 Thanksgiving debut ($93.6 million five-day, $67.4 million three-day) and Walt Disney Animation Studios' biggest opening. It remained in the top ten 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 in 27 territories, including Russia, China and Brazil. In Korea, where the film has grossed an estimated $77.1 million, "Frozen" was No. 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. It's also the highest-grossing animated film in Denmark and Venezuela. Since its debut March 14 in Japan, "Frozen" has claimed the No. 1 spot in its first three weekends and continues to play strongly with an estimated $50.5 million to date.
Released on digital Feb. 25 and on disc March 18, "Frozen" is the fastest-selling digital release 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 No. 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 No. 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.
On the same day it won two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (Robert and Kristen-Anderson Lopez for "Let It Go"), "Frozen," Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd feature film, crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.
Read the Playbill.com feature with songwriting collaborators Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won their first Oscar, making Robert Lopez the youngest EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner).
Directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter "Wreck-It Ralph") from a screenplay by Lee, the voice cast of the film features Bell ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall," The Crucible), Menzel (Wicked, If/Then), Groff (Spring Awakening), Tony Award nominees Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon) and Santino Fontana (Cinderella), Alan Tudyk (Prelude to a Kiss) and Ciarán Hinds (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof).
The film uses original songs by husband-and-wife songwriters Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez as well as an original score composed by Christophe Beck ("The Muppets").
Here's how the film, produced by Peter Del Vecho, is described: "Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom."
Additionally, Disney has released a multi-language version of the film's hit song "Let It Go," which can be seen below.