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Entertainment ‘Frozen 2’ Is Now the Highest-Grossing Animated Movie Ever

22:16  05 january  2020
22:16  05 january  2020 Source:   variety.com

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In a box office achievement fit for royalty, Disney’s “Frozen 2” is officially the highest-grossing animated movie in history.

a girl looking at the camera© Courtesy of Disney

The sequel has generated $1.325 billion at the global box office, pushing past “Frozen” ($1.281 million) and “Incredibles 2” ($1.243 million) to secure the top spot. Though Jon Favreau’s remake of “The Lion King” is entirely computer generated and earned $1.65 billion in 2019, Disney considers it a live-action reboot rather than an animated flick. Either way, the benchmark only solidifies Disney’s place as the preeminent force on all things animation — the studio is now responsible for the top three biggest cartooned movie of all time.

Disney's Bob Iger, Time's Businessperson of the Year, holds Baby Yoda in painting

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Frozen 2,” a sequel to the 2013 musical sensation, was the third-biggest film of 2019 after Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame” ($2.79 billion) and “The Lion King” ($1.65 billion). In the U.S., “Frozen 2” has collected $449 million and remained in the top five for an impressive seven weeks straight. Overseas, the family-friendly film brought in $875.4 million to date. Outside of North America, “Frozen 2” amassed the biggest bounty in China ($118 million), followed by Japan ($103.8 million), Korea ($96.2 million) and the United Kingdom ($65 million).

“Frozen 2” notched a number of box office milestones since debuting on Nov. 22. It launched with $130 million, setting a November record for an animated movie and becoming the first animated title outside of summer to surpass triple digits in its first weekend. The movie also set a new pinnacle for the Thanksgiving box office, earning $123 million over the five-day holiday frame.

Disney's Bob Iger, Time's Businessperson of the Year, holds Baby Yoda in painting

  Disney's Bob Iger, Time's Businessperson of the Year, holds Baby Yoda in painting "As soon as those ears popped up from under the blanket, and the eyes, I knew," Iger told Time."Painting Bob Iger was fun, but of course, like almost the entire universe, being able to paint baby Yoda at a time when he's blowing up the internet was thrilling," O'Brien is quoted as saying in a tweet from Time.

Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck returned to direct “Frozen 2,” again following the adventures of Anna and Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell) as they embark outside of their kingdom of Arendelle to uncover the secrets of their past. The voice cast also includes Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood.

“Frozen 2” was Disney’s sixth 2019 release to reach $1 billion in ticket sales and “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” will soon become its seventh. That’s the most billion-dollar films from a single studio in one year.

Women Directed Record 12% of Top 100-Grossing Films in 2019, Study Finds .
A record 10.6% of the directors of 2019's top 100-grossing movies were women, according to the latest study by Stacy L. Smith and USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. A woman directed or co-directed 12 of last year's biggest hits, the best gender representation since Smith and her team began studying the prevalence of female directors in 2007 — though the overall percentage remains 4.8% across all 13 years of the research. The top-grossing female filmmaker was Jennifer Lee, who co-directed the year's No. 4 domestic box office hit, "Frozen II," with Chris Buck.

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