‘Frozen’ achieves all-time success

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Frozen officially became the highest grossing animated film of all time, and with $1,072.4-billion worldwide, it has also entered the list of the top 10 biggest films of all time. The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh billion-dollar release, Frozen has earned an estimated $398.4-million at the domestic box office and $674-million internationally.

The popular animation is the first billion-dollar film for Walt Disney Animation Studios and its first film to receive the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. It opened wide domestically on 27 November 2013, posting the number one all-time Thanksgiving debut ($93.6-million five-day, $67.4-million three-day) and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest opening ever. It remained in the top 10 films at the domestic box office for 16 consecutive weeks, the longest run by any film since 2002.

Internationally, the film is the biggest Disney or Pixar animated film of all time in 27 territories, including Russia, China, and Brazil. In Korea, where the film has grossed an estimated $77.1 million, Frozen was the number one for the first five weeks of release and is the biggest animated film, the second biggest non-local film, and Disney’s biggest release of all time. It’s also the highest-grossing animated film of all time in Denmark and Venezuela. Since its debut  on 14 March  in Japan, the film has claimed the number one spot in its first three weekends and continues to play strongly with an estimated $50.5-million to date.

In South Africa, the Disney movie became the studio’s biggest release in the country since its release on 20 December 2013, earning over R29.5-million at the Box Office.

Released on digital on 25 February and on disc in the United States on 18 March, Frozen is the fastest-selling digital release ever and sold over 3.2 million Blu-ray/DVD units in its first day, putting it on track to be one of the biggest home entertainment sellers in a decade.

The Platinum-certified Frozen soundtrack returned to the number one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart last week for a seventh time with more than 1.6-million copies and over 5-million individual tracks sold. The album has also held the #1 position for five non-consecutive weeks at Spotify and is approaching 110 million streams worldwide. The Oscar®-winning song Let It Go has sold over 2.6 million copies, and the film clip of the song has been viewed over 160 million times on YouTube.

Its currently available on the iTunes Store in South Africa and will be available at leading retailers nationwide from 14 April.