Box-Office Milestone: 'Frozen' Crosses $500 Million Worldwide

11:30 AM PST 12/30/2013 by Rebecca Ford, Pamela McClintock

The animated musical is Disney's fourth film to reach the milestone and was the biggest surprise of the Christmas season, considering it is more than a month into its run.

Disney's Thanksgiving entry Frozen has warmed its way to $500 million at the worldwide box office following a spectacular showing at the Christmas box office, where it nearly upset The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug over the weekend.

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The Disney Animation Studios title -- which has earned roughly $250 million both domestically and internationally -- is Disney's fourth film to reach the milestone, joining Marvel pics Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World and Pixar's animated prequel Monsters University. Domestically, it is the studio's most successful animated film after The Lion King ($422.8 million).

The Golden Globe-nominated film opened wide in North America on Nov. 27 to earn $93.6 million for the five-day holiday debut, setting a new record for the largest Thanksgiving debut in history. It was also the largest opening ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film.

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Starring the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, Frozen turned in a dazzling performance at the Christmas box office in the biggest surprise of the crowded holiday season. Over the post-Christmas weekend, Frozen grossed $28.7 million, just shy of the $29 million earned by Desolation of Smaug, which opened mid-December. Its staying power is a testament to the fortunes a family pic can enjoy when there is little competition.

Internationally, Frozen became the biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios release of all time in the U.K./Ireland Monday. The film has yet to be released in several territories including China, Brazil, Argentina, Korea and Japan.

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