Disney’s Thanksgiving entry Frozen has warmed its way to $500 million at the worldwide box office following a spectacular showing at the Christmas box office, where it nearly upset The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug over the weekend.
The Disney Animation Studios title — which has earned roughly $250 million both domestically and internationally — is Disney’s fourth film to reach the milestone, joining Marvel pics Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World and Pixar’s animated prequel Monsters University. Domestically, it is the studio’s most successful animated film in North American after The Lion King ($422.8 million).
Starring the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, Frozen turned in a dazzling performance at the Christmas box office in the biggest surprise of the crowded holiday season. Over the post-Christmas weekend, Frozen grossed $28.7 million, just shy of the $29 million earned by Desolation of Smaug, which opened mid-December. Its staying power is the testament to the fortunes a family pic can enjoy when there is little competition.
Internationally, Frozen became the biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios release of all time in the UK/Ireland Monday. The film has yet to be released in several territories including China, Brazil, Argentina, Korea, and Japan.