‘Frozen II’ continues to set box-office records as it crosses $1 billion mark

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Idina Menzel again voices Queen Elsa in the sequel “Frozen II.” Disney photo

“Frozen II” is taking Disney “Into the Unknown” as it continues to set records at the box office.

Variety reports that the animated adventure, co-directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, is the sixth Disney movie in 2019 to hit $1 billion globally, strengthening the Mouse House’s rule over the box office.

With “Frozen II’s” hot ticket sales, Disney moves beyond the impressive milestone is set over summer, with five of its other films — “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King” and “Captain Marvel” — crossing the $1 billion mark in a single year.

“Captain Marvel” was co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and it’s hard to imagine that there’s been another year when two movies with women directors have reached the $1 billion threshold.

Earlier this month, Disney became the first studio in history to surpass $10 billion worldwide. And that’s before “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” zooms into theaters Friday.

“Frozen II” is Disney Animation’s third movie to cross $1 billion and now ranks as the seventh-biggest animated film ever, according to Variety.

“Frozen II” is the eighth-highest grossing movie of the year. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, seven of the top 10 films at this year’s worldwide box office so far are Disney releases.

In North America, “Frozen II,” the sequel to the 2013 animated blockbuster, has conjured up $367 million. The film crossed $600 million overseas, powered by especially strong showings in China ($111.5 million), Korea ($85.4 million), Japan ($67.3 million) and the United Kingdom ($49.6 million), according to Variety.

As previously reported, “Frozen II” bowed around the $130 million at the domestic box office ahead of Thanksgiving, setting a November record for an animated movie. It also become the first animated film outside of summer to hit triple digits in its inaugural weekend.

The film continued its dominance through Thanksgiving, setting a new record with an $123 million feast over the five-day holiday time frame.

Set three years after the icy and dicey events of the first film, “Frozen II” continues the adventures of Queen Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), her younger sister, Princess Anna (Kristen Bell), Anna’s awkward yet affable ice harvester beau Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and the magical snowman Olaf (Josh Gad). The unconventional royal family embarks on an adventure beyond their home in the Kingdom of Arendelle to follow a mystical call in the hopes of discovering the origins of Elsa’s ice-wielding powers.

To read my review of “Frozen II,” click here.

-BAM

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