Frozen 2 continues to make all the money.
The current weekend sees Disney Animation’s latest crossing $1 billion at the global box office, making it the Disney label’s third release to reach that milestone. Frozen 2 now joins Disney Animation’s fellow billion-dollar earners Zootopia and the original Frozen.
The long-awaited sequel hit theaters in the U.S. on Nov. 22 and has so far earned $366.5 million domestically. The other roughly $666 million in foreign ticket sales, with China ($104.4 million), South Korea ($75.4 million), and Japan ($55.2 million) leading the way in overseas markets.
The current totals establish Frozen 2 as the 11th highest-earning animated film of all time in the U.S., a ranking that’s likely to improve even more in the coming weeks. With $366.5 earned so far domestically, Frozen 2 is just a couple million shy of the 9th and 10th positions, currently held by The Secret Life of Pets and Despicable Me 2, respectively.
Of course, box office records tend to get a little silly at this level. We’re talking about the rankings of animated movies, and only in the U.S. That’s not to suggest Frozen 2 is anything less than successful, but it’s important to keep the big picture in mind.
That picture looks especially good for Disney. Set aside the records: Frozen 2 crossing the billion-dollar mark makes it the studio’s sixth movie to pull off that feat in 2019. Aladdin, Toy Story 4, Captain Marvel, The Lion King, and Avengers: Endgame all crossed that milestone. So did Spider-Man: Far From Home, a Marvel co-production with Sony.
In fact, the only billion-dollar movie of 2019 that Disney has no connection to whatsoever is Joker, with $1.05 billion earned worldwide. Every other billion-dollar movie of 2019 is either from Disney or, in the case of Spider-Man, has a Disney connection.
That is a wild stat. Whatever Disney’s doing with its various franchises, it’s clearly working for a wide range of audiences.