It turns out America isn't the only nation going gaga for Disney's Frozen. The animated musical has opened big overseas, and is fast approaching the coveted $1 billion box office marker.
After its 13th week in theaters, Frozen has grossed $378 million in the US, and $579 million internationally, for a grand total of $957 million. Yahoo reports that this is enough to make it the third-highest grossing animated movie ever. More impressive, this feature loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's Snow Queen is following behind two sequels, Despicable Me 2 with $970 million worldwide, and Toy Story 3 with $1 billion worldwide.
Notably, that record depends on whether or not you count re-releases of a film. With re-releases, The Lion King made $987 million, and Frozen has been chasing down its domestic gross record of $422 million with a seemingly dogged determination. Once Frozen passes that mark, it will be Disney's highest domestic grossing animated film ever. And it's looking like the celebrated adventure of sisters Elsa and Anna is on track to demolish that record, still pulling in audiences with big enough numbers to keep it in the top 10 of box office earners. On a personal note, I went to see Frozen for the fourth time yesterday, and was pleasantly surprised to see how crowded the theater still was. It's only experienced a 15% drop, which is pretty remarkable on its own.
In the international market, Frozen's success has come from its warm embrace by nations like the United Kingdom, where it's made $60.9 mil so far, Germany ($47 million), France ($42 million) and Russia ($33 million). But it foreign nation most enthralled with the princess tale appears to be Korea, where Frozen has been at the top of the box office for five weeks running, and has already earned $66,4 million. In only its second week in China, the film has already made $28.4 million, and it's suspected that its upcoming release in Japan on March 15th will help boost it to the $1 billion marker.
With the Oscars coming up, it's possible Frozen might get an Academy bump, competing as it is for Best Animated Feature and Best Song ("Let It Go.") The song itself has been a major force in the film's popularity, inspiring a string of stellar covers and alternate versions, including this Africanized tribal one from Alex Boye and the One Voice Children’s Choir:
But the popularity of its music is just one element of Frozen's enormous and prolonged success with audiences. (Though it might take it to Broadway.) Sean breaks it all down below:
If you're one of the many people around the world who can't get enough of Frozen, we've got you covered. For some fascinating facts about how the movie was made, click here. For a GIF-filled review of the Frozen Sing-A-Long, click here. And for a round-up of the best of Frozen-inspired fan art, click here or here.