Frozen, Disney’s animated family film just keeps breaking box office records. After this weekend with the remaining international territories all in, it has just iced the studio’s own Iron Man 3 to become the fifth highest-grossing film of all time globally. Frozen‘s gross now is a whopping $1.219B (yes, as in billion) compared to Disney/Marvel‘s Iron Man 3‘s $1.215B.
Disney and the filmmakers have the Japanese, in large part, to thank as it has been been sitting in the No. 1 post in the Land of the Rising Sun for 11 straight weekends to take in an incredible $193.7M to date. It is the No. 4 film of all time in Japan and Disney’s largest grosser of all time in the country (live action and animation, including Pixar). It is the No. 3 Western movie, only behind James Cameron’s Titanic and Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
This weekend, Frozen pulled in another $6.7M internationally to raise its total international cume to $818.7M. It took that $6.7M gross from one territory … Japan. In addition, it has surpassed two local animated favs — Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke, both from the revered animation giant Hayao Miyazaki.
Everyone knows just how nasty the movie business is. So while Hollywood enjoys the box office bombing of The Lone Ranger, Disney today becomes the first studio to reach $1B at the domestic box office this year. It’s the 8th year in a row that the studio has passed that threshold. Results have been driven primarily by three pics: Iron Man 3 ($406M), Oz The Great And Powerful ($235M), and the Pixar prequel Monsters University ($225M in three weeks and passing box office milestones faster than any Pixar film except Toy Story 3). What’s most impressive is that those three films have racked up over $2B globally so far. The Lone Ranger is only Disney’s 4th release this year, and six more are on the schedule. That’s an ultra-light release year by any standard. But still to come are another Marvel sequel, Thor: The Dark World, two more animated Disney films including the tentpole Frozen, two DreamWorks pics, and Saving Mr. Banks (whose trailer was just released yesterday).
Today, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is expected to cross the $1 billion box office mark in global grosses. The film is already the world’s largest animated release of all time and the 7th biggest motion picture. That makes Disney the first studio in history to release two $1 billion films in a single year. Its Alice In Wonderland is the 5th biggest title in global box office history after taking $1.0243 billion in worldwide grosses. Of course, both films were 3D and able to charge higher ticket prices.
UPDATE: Here is the Disney news release –
BURBANK, Calif. – August 27, 2010 – Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.
“It’s been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton’s vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm,” said Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt
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EXCLUSIVE: Summer 2010′s films are all ending up at FX — or maybe it just seems that way. The basic cable network has acquired the TV rights to Sony’s Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, the highest-grossing new release last weekend with $40.5 million. Additionally, FX has acquired 20th Century Fox’s Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy Knight And Day, which finished a distant third to returning champ Toy Story 3 and Grown Ups with $20.1 million. In fact, except for Toy Story, FX has all the other films in this weekend’s Top 5, including Sony’s Karate Kid and Fox’s The A-Team. Grown Ups and Knight and Day will be available on FX in late 2012-early 2013. I hear their license fee is a standard 12% of the domestic boxoffice, currently at $45.8 million for Grown Ups and $29.6 for Knight and Day through Monday. Grown Ups will join other Adam Sandler comedies that have done solid business on FX, including The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Click, as well as You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, which is yet to premiere on the network. In addition to Karate Kid, other top 2010 box-office performers on FX’s roster include Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, and How To Train Your Dragon as well as the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which is looking at a 6-day monster $150M Fourth of July opening weekend.