If you saw the early trailers for Frozen, which made it look like a generic animated kids movie about a snowman and a reindeer, and predicted that one day it'd be worth over $1 billion at the global box office, then we would like to formally invite you to run our stock portfolio, because you are either a genius or a psychic. This past weekend Frozen crossed that milestone, joining the growing club of films that are dominating on a global scale.
It's currently the 18th highest grossing film of all time, though considering it's only $4 million behind The Dark Knight and still has some countries (like Japan) to open in, it won't be long before it leapfrogs Batman. The only other animated film in the billion dollar club is Toy Story 3, which further highlights the achievement. It's also not easy to put up numbers like that without being part of a preexisting franchise, but Disney pulled it off-- and it did so without any major stars attached as well. And, on top of all that, it's the first film with a female director to cross that mark.
One of the countries that pushed it into the record books was South Korea. The now-Oscar-winning film has grossed over $75 million in the small nation so far, making it the first animated film and only the second non-Korean film to sell 10 million tickets; twice as many as the previous record holder, Kung Fu Panda 2.
That's all pretty cool, if you ask us.
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