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Queen Elsa and Princess Anna are increasing their rule.
Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen 2 has skated past the $1 billion mark at the global box office, becoming the sixth Disney release of the year to do so and the eighth title of 2019 thus far. Both ranks are records.
The follow-up, again directed by Frozen helmers Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, has grossed $366.5 million domestically and $666 million internationally for a worldwide tally of $1.032 billion. The family film first hit theaters on the weekend before Thanksgiving.
In 2013, the original Frozen grossed $1.28 billion at the global box office to become the top-grossing animated film of all time, not adjusted for inflation. The pic also won numerous awards, including the Oscar for best animated feature.
In the sequel, Kristen Bell (Princess Anna) and Idina Menzel (Queen Elsa) reprise their leading voice roles. The gang from the original movie embark on a new journey that goes beyond their homeland of Arendelle, only this time Anna joins Elsa for the adventure. Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Santino Fontana also return from the first film, while new castmembers include Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown.
Overseas, China leads all markets with $111.5 million, followed by South Korea ($85.4 million) — where Frozen 2 is now the top-grossing animated title of all time — Japan ($67.3 million), the U.K. ($49.6 million), Germany ($39.9 million) and France ($37 million).
The other 2019 members of the billion-dollar club are Avengers: Endgame (the top-grossing film of all time, with $2.79 billion globally), The Lion King ($1.65 billion), Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.31 billion), Captain Marvel ($1.12 billion), Toy Story 4 (1.07 billion), Joker ($1.06 billion) and Aladdin ($1.05 billion). All but Sony’s Spider-Man and Warner Bros.’ Joker were released by the Disney empire.
Frozen 2‘s latest milestone was achieved a week after Disney announced it has amassed more than $10 billion in total worldwide ticket sales this year. The studio also set the previous industry record of $7.6 billion in 2016, when it had four $1 billion babies.
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