'Frozen' Sets Animated Record, Beats 'Toy Story'
By ZACH SEEMAYER
March 31, 2014
Disney's animated movie Frozen, a tale of love, acceptance and redemption, set a new worldwide record by earning $1.07 billion worldwide.
The Oscar-winning film has become the highest grossing animated film in history, dethroning Pixar's Toy Story 3.
Frozen has been in theaters since Nov. 29 in the U.S., but didn't open up into the biggest markets like China until February 5. It just premiered in Japan on March 14, which is what finally pushed the film past Toy Story 3's $1.063 billion worldwide haul.
Along with just being the highest-grossing animated film ever, it has also managed to burst into the last spot of the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time. It just pushed out another Disney film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
The 3-D animated comedy adventure, based on the Hans Christian Anderson story The Snow Queen, and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, already has several notable distinctions to its name. The film won two Oscars, one for Best Animated Feature and one for Best Song, Let It Go, and was the first film by Disney Animation Studios to earn a billion dollars. The studio's previously highest-grossing film was The Lion King.
Frozen is still in 387 theaters nationwide, and has been available on Blu-ray and DVD since March 18.
The animated movie, starring Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel as the voices, is about a fearless optimist named Anna (Bell) who teams up with Kristoff (Groff) in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (Gad), in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa (Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
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