Disney will not “let it go” because it has officially earned the title of “highest-grossing animated film” with its latest offering, “Frozen 2.”
The sequel iced out all the competition earning $1.33 billion worldwide.
It skated right past the original 2013 Oscar-winning film, “Frozen,” bumping it to second place with $1.28 billion in box office revenue.
Disney Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” trails in third place with $1.24 billion worldwide following its 2018 release.
In its opening weekend, the Disney-animated musical debuted at number one and earned a record-breaking $127 million in North America over the weekend, according to CNN. The film exceeded industry expectations which had estimated it would earn in the $100 million range.
Variety reports that the sequel’s overall success doubled internationally as the family-friendly film raked in $875.3 million compared to the U.S’s $449 million.
China ($118 million), Japan (103.8 million), Korea ($96.2 million) and the United Kingdom ($65 million) were the top international markets, according to the publication.
Jon Favreau’s remake of “The Lion King” would have earned the title after securing $1.65 billion in 2019. However, it is considered live-action and not animated.
Either way, it solidifies Disney as a top contender when it comes to box-office hits.
“Frozen 2” and “The Lion King” were both surpassed by Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which scored $2.79 billion, though, again, it does not qualify for the animated category.
The second installment finds Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven journeying outside the kingdom of Arendelle to follow the mysterious voices Elsa begins hearing. The adventure leads her to the origin of her magical powers.