Disney Continues to Print Cash: ‘Frozen 2’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Animated Film Ever

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In case you hadn’t heard, Disney makes some money.

The House of Mouse, which houses studios like Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar and Twentieth Century Fox, has beaten their own record with the recently-released Frozen 2. The CG-animated sequel has officially become the highest-grossing animated film of all time.

In terms of unadjusted figures, Frozen 2 has just passed $US1.32 billion worldwide, beating the previous record holder: FROZEN, which held peak position with $US1.28 billion. Incredibles 2 comes in at number 3 with a worldwide gross of $US1.24 billion. So yeah, Disney currently has the top three highest-grossing animated films.

$US449.8 million of Frozen 2‘s box office has come from its record-breaking run in the US and $US875.3 million was drawn from overseas markets, including Australia. Speaking of Aus, the film has topped $AU34.6 million locally.

Now, theoretically, 2019’s The Lion King remake could be considered the top dog (cat?) since it raked in a massive $US1.65 billion. That film is almost entirely CG (only the first sunrise shot is real), but Disney is classifying Jon Favreau’s Lion King as more of a live-action reboot than animation.

2019 marks the most successful year for one studio… ever. Frozen 2 is the sixth 2019-released Disney film to pass the $US1 billion mark – and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is just about to become the seventh (it’s currently at $US918.7 million).

Sources: (US box office) Box Office Mojo, (Aus box office) Val Morgan Cinema Network

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