'Frozen' Highest-Grossing Animated Film, Beats Out 'Toy Story 3'

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Monday, 31 Mar 2014 01:20 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Disney's wildly successful animated feature "Frozen" continues to break records, going over the $1 billion mark to become the highest-grossing animated film ever after opening in the Japan market.

"Frozen," which was released in the United States in November, pulled in $50.5 million in Japan this weekend, giving the movie an overall take $1.072 billion, Variety reported, allowing it edge out "Toy Story 3," which had grossed $1.063 billion in 2010.

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To date, "Frozen" has made $398.4 million domestically and another $674 million internationally, noted Variety.

The film received an extra boost when it won Academy Awards earlier this month for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for "Let It Go."

"Frozen" now stands at No. 10 on the list of highest-grossing films worldwide, booting 2006's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" down to the 11th spot and nipping at the heels of 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises," which grossed $1.84 billion.

"Frozen" was inspired by "The Snow Queen" fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. The movie focuses on a tale of a Scandinavian princess who must reconnect with her queen sister who has the power of turning things into and controlling ice and accidentally sets off a long winter that is destroying their kingdom.

The hit film's amazing run has continued on to DVD purchases, according to Variety. Earlier this month, the movie sold 3.2 million Blu-ray and DVD discs during its first day of release March 18.

"Frozen" beat out Universal's "Despicable Me" as the best-selling kids' movie of all-time on disc.

And then there is the "Frozen" soundtrack, which remains the top-selling album on the Billboard 200 chart after 17 total weeks on the chart and would have been the week's top gainer if it wasn't already at No. 1.

Idina Menzel's "Let It Go," which has also been on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 17 weeks, jumped from No. 14 to No. 5 in the latest survey.

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