Frozen is an inexorable steamroller of momentum right now; the film has opened to extremely strong reviews, A113Animation readers seem very taken with it too, it's been given an A+ CinemaScore, and it's also racked up the biggest opening ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film, with a massive $93 million over the 5-day Thanksgiving weekend!
From a big Wednesday opening of $15.2 million, Frozen was predicted a 5-day gross of about $80 million - a prediction it's subsequently smashed. Playing at 3,742 cinemas in the States, the film took $66.7 million over the 3-day weekend, which is the second highest weekend ever for a non-first place movie (the huge amount Frozen took is doubly as impressive given that it wasn't even the highest grossing film of the weekend, facing fierce competition from monster-hit The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). Across the entire 5-day Thanksgiving holiday period, the film took in a whopping estimated $93 million, smashing the studio's previous record for the period, which was Tangled's $68.7 million haul in 2010. It's also the second highest Thanksgiving weekend gross ever (after Catching Fire), and the highest Thanksgiving weekend opening.
This is the third consecutive tentpole hit in a row for WDAS; Tangled went on to gross $592 million in 2010, and Wreck-It Ralph took $471 last year (amidst that was the modest-aimed, and quite low-grossing, Winnie the Pooh, which took $33 million). After less than a week, Frozen has a total worldwide gross of $110 million. With great word of mouth, and the holiday season approaching, Frozen seems poised to be huge for the Mouse House!
Congrats to directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter del Vecho, executive producer John Lasseter, and all the animation, story and art departments who made Frozen into the fantastic hit it is! UK audiences can check the film out from Friday onwards. Here's our review.
Also, check out who has an Easter egg in Frozen (credit: Cartoon Brew)!
Figures from Box Office Mojo. Via Cartoon Brew.