It’s official – Frozen 2 is the highest-grossing animated film of all time. This milestone was first reported on Sunday by Deadline, news that likely received a resounding ‘duh’ from any parent with a child under the age of 10. Actually, we can bump that up to 15. It’s a great movie.
Frozen 2 passed the $1.325 billion mark in global ticket sales over the weekend, beating the previous record holder of, you guessed it, Frozen. Frozen 2 has already made $449.9 million domestically and $875.3 million in international box office sales. The film crossed the $1 billion mark on December 15, less than one month after its release. This milestone made Frozen 2 the sixth Disney film released in 2019 to cross the billion dollar mark in ticket sales, following Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Captain Marvel, The Lion King, and Avengers: Endgame, which also holds the title for highest grossing film of all time, earning a stunning $2 billion worldwide.
The first introduction to Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff had an impressive opening weekend back in 2013, when it earned $67 million in its first few days in theatres. The film would go on to earn $1.218 billion at the box office, which isn’t counting the live shows, increase in tourism (Norway became very hot after Frozen), or merchandise, with Disney selling $500 million worth of Anna and Elsa dolls alone.
The first Frozen was not only a hit with fans, but critics also loved the Disney film. Frozen won Best Animated Film at the BAFTAs, the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, taking home the Oscar for Best Original Song as well for Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s undeniable earworm “Let It Go.” The first film has a 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, slighter higher than the 2019 sequel, which rests at a 77 percent rating. Frozen 2 was also left empty-handed at Sunday’s Golden Globes, where it was nominated for Best Original Song with Anderson Lopez and Lopez returning to craft “Into the Unknown,” losing out to Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman. The biggest surprise was Frozen 2’s loss in the Best Motion Picture Animated category, where dark horse The Missing Link took home the Globe. But we’ll let it go.
Award shows aside, audiences have been coming out in droves to see the new film, which features the return of the original cast, including Kristen Bell as Anna, Idina Menzel as Elsa, Josh Gad as Olaf and Jonathan Groff as Kristoff. The new film opened November 22 and also included the addition of Sterling K. Brown as Mattias and Evan Rachel Wood as Iduna.
Frozen 2 centered on famous sisters Anna and Elsa teaming up with friends Kristoff, Olaf and Sven to travel beyond their kingdom of Arendelle in hopes of discovering the origin of Elsa’s powers in a bid to save their home. As for whether there will be a Frozen 3, director Chris Buck said that the first two films “work together to form one complete story.” Cool, but we think Disney is coming back for that trilogy money.