'Frozen' Nearly Matches Staying Power of 'Avatar,' 'Titanic'
There's no defrosting Frozen.
This past weekend -- its sixth in nationwide release -- the Disney Animation Studios' Thanksgiving entry took in $19.6 million to place No. 1. That's the most earned by any film in its sixth weekend of release, outside of Avatar ($34.9) and Titanic ($25.2 million), not accounting for inflation.
Frozen's miraculous ride has resulted in a global cume to date of nearly $640 million, making it the No. 2 Disney Animation title of all time after The Lion King ($987.5 million) and the No. 4 original animated pic of all time after Lion King, Finding Nemo ($936.7 million) and Up ($731.3 million), not accounting for inflation.
In addition to stellar word-of-mouth, Frozen benefited handily over the year-end holidays by having virtually no family competition. Walking With Dinosaurs, from 20th Century Fox, IM Global and Reliance, had hoped to be the big family winner, but did soft business after opening just before Christmas, taking in less than $85 million to date (including only $31.3 million domestically).
The strength of Frozen was the biggest surprise of the Christmas season, as it kept up with new entries The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
Frozen's North American gross through Sunday was $296.7 million. Next weekend, it should have no trouble overtaking Lion King to become the most successful Disney Animation title of all time domestically, not accounting for inflation. Lion King earned $312.9 million in North America.
Frozen is breaking numerous records overseas, where its total through Sunday was $342.1 million, including a weekend take of $52.5 million from 49 territories. It's become the top-grossing Disney and Pixar release of all time in Russia ($29.3 million) and is the top-grossing Disney Animation release of all time in the U.K. ($50.4 million). Elsewhere in Europe it has earned $40.2 million in Germany, $38.5 million in France, $22 million in Italy and $18.1 million in Spain.
In Latin America, the film earned $19.7 million in Mexico and $5.9 million in Brazil, where it just opened.
And there are more territories to go: Frozen has yet to open in Japan and China.