‘Frozen’ Crosses $1 Billion Mark On The Day It Wins Oscar

It’s a special day for directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Their film Frozen will win the Best Animated Feature Oscar on the day that it crosses $1 billion in global box office revenue. It becomes, along with Toy Story 3, only the second animated feature to achieve this distinction, and the 18th film overall.

Frozen held steady in eighth place at the U.S. box office with $3.6 million (est), upping its domestic total to $388.7M, with $400M in its sights. Overseas the film added $6.8M this weekend for an international total of $611.5M. The film will boost its totals even higher with its Japanese release scheduled for later this month.

The LEGO Movie slipped to third place with $21M (est). The film has grossed a massive $209.3M in the U.S. and is already guaranteed to be one of the top ten grossers of 2014. LEGO also pulled in $21M overseas lifting its international total to $121M. Its overall total stands at $330.4M.

Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises expanded to 496 U.S. theaters. The film grossed $1.6M for a respectable but hardly spectacular $3,234-per-theater average. Internationally DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman pulled in $15.5M from 20 territories. The film has earned $39.5M to date and opens next weekend in the U.S.


  • jonhanson

    We know for sure that it will win?

  • blandyblottschalk

    Is it pretty certain that Frozen will win?

  • Dana B

    Counting our chickens before they hatch now aren’t we? ;)

    Good for Disney and all those who worked on Frozen! They are back, baby!

  • Jestress

    I hope Frozen does get the Oscar but just in case it doesn’t… what are you going to do about this article’s title and opening sentences? :))

    • AmidAmidi

      We’ll cross that bridge if we get to it. ;)

  • VainHope@TheOscars

    I kind of wish that your prediction will be wrong, and that one of the underdogs, The Wind Rises or Ernest & Celestine will take home the Oscar instead. But it’s simply not going to happen. I know that the Oscars aren’t simply about giving the award to the best movie…but one can hope, right? Oh well…Frozen is a good film, so winning the award is at least somewhat justifiable. If someone said that they thought Frozen was the best film in the category this year, I’d disagree with them, but I wouldn’t call them insane, or someone with poor taste in cinema.

    But still, wouldn’t it be nice if a classically animated film won the award? I saw The Wind Rises this weekend, and would be happy if either of those two won the award.

    • Jessica

      If the oscars were about giving the award to the best movie, the Monsters University would have been nominated instead of Despicable Me or the Croods. But nope! The Oscar people probably said “I don’t have time to watch this kiddie cartoon stuff! I’ll just ask my kids or some of my friends who have kids what their favorite movies this year were!” Or they’re trying to make up for last year’s mistake of Pixar winning the award when Disney should have, which is such a stupid thing to do considering this year’s Pixar film was better than the Disney film!

      • AP

        For me all this discussion is pointless, because the concept of award for the best animated movie is very very broad. Its not an award for the best animated story, for the best humor, the best effects or the most beautiful images. Each of the nominated (and not nominated) movies had weaker and stronger points and we would need to make subcategories to do them all justice. If one has to pick just one movie, the best in all those aspects, it becomes almost impossible and in the end is very subjective…

  • kate

    SENSATIONALIZED

  • TD

    I hope your wrong just to show how poor this journalism is. Maybe you didn’t mean to post this until tomorrow?

    • IJK

      Considering he was right, does this mean Amid is a psychic and his journalism is fantastic?

  • mbollay

    I know this is Cartoon Brew, not the New York Times, but isn’t it bad journalism to proclaim something as truth that has not happened and may not happen? As the main site I visit for animation news I hope for accurate information.

  • Lazy Student

    Haven’t seen such unprofessional claims on Cartoon Brew in a while. Amid, I respect you and I’ve liked your work on this site for a while, but I thought you knew better.

  • http://deaniac.deviantart.com/ Matt Dean

    WOAH I CAN’T BELIEVE THE CROODS WON, CONGRATS TO DREAWMORKS AND COMPANY!!!

    (Naw, just kidding, Amid was right)

  • Austin Papageorge

    Looks like Dewey defeated Truman.

  • IJK

    Because his opinion is fact! Duh! And because Frozen is apparently factually a bad movie, according to CartoonBrew.

    I mean, it literally has the same tone and feeling as Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, but I guess since it “stole” popularity from Wind Rise and Ernest & Celestine, that makes it bad.

    Didn’t you know you’re suppose to judge a film based on how well it does relative to its competition and not as standalone content? That’s the new method to being a critic!

    • Delta

      Um, I don’t really think “Frozen” had the same tone and feeling as those films. Not even close.

      But that’s my opinion. And I understand that my opinion isn’t a fact. And I think it’s important to note that a lot of people actually think that “The Wind Rises” and “Ernest & Celestine” were better films because…well, they liked them better. Your tone of sarcasm is misplaced and you seem to be assuming that that’s the way people critique films. Of-course people don’t judge films like that. That’s silly.

      Those two films ARE underdogs- that’s a fact. A lot of people haven’t watched them, they’re not advertised much, they’re both foreign, and they’re quieter. No one is saying that “Frozen” stole popularity. People think the other films deserve just as much or more exposure as well.

      And it is a growing problem. People aren’t exposed to foreign films as much, and miss out on different tastes and cultures. “Ernest & Celestine” came out in December 12, 2012 in France. And it’s apparently appearing in theatres in the US in MARCH 2014. That…is a long wait, and we really shouldn’t be waiting that long.

      • IJK

        Many people are much angrier at Frozen just because it’s gotten so much exposure from award shows, however. If Frozen did well at the box office but Ernest & Celestine won the awards, there wouldn’t be much vocal hate about Frozen.

        But because it’s gotten both, there’s been A LOT of comments about how “It’s just a bad film”, “Anyone who thinks Frozen is good needs a crash course in film”, “Frozen looks as bad as a PS1 video game”, “How can people think Frozen is compelling? Dora the Explorer is more complicated than its story”, and so on. People have been lashing out at it because of its relevance to other films rather than just it on its own.

        It would be like if Monsters University won the awards, a ton of people would be going how it doesn’t deserve it and Pixar always wins and it wasn’t that great. But since MU isn’t really getting exposed, the talk about it is very quiet.

        • Shuckleberry Hound

          For the record, I still haven’t seen any other of the other 2013 nominees, so I don’t know if it “deserved” to win (I frankly couldn’t care less about the Oscars, and I hadn’t even heard of Ernest & Celestine until today), but I do think that Frozen was a pretty boring, unimaginative film both in terms of its plot and style.

          Not everyone who dislikes the film does so to assert their artsy credentials. Some saw it and just weren’t impressed. I didn’t even think it was as good as Tangled.

  • IJK

    Well of course you don’t need to say “I THINK” or “IN MY OPINION” before every sentence, but Jessica definitely hinted more towards her opinion being a fact rather than subjective.

    • Delta

      Um, I’d still be pretty upset if “Ernest & Celestine” didn’t do well in the box office even if it did win a lot of awards. And it’s won a lot in film festivals and other parts of the world. The problem is that we don’t get to see this film until March, and seeing how “The Wind Rises” is doing, it’s probably not going to be as widely advertised and watched as “Frozen”. I’m not comparing the two films by substance- I’m comparing them by the advantages and disadvantages. And they are obvious. GKIDS is not a widely known company, and even with Disney’s dubbing, “The Wind Rises” is still not garnering much attention here. In all, people have their own tastes. To me, “Frozen” had lacking character development, sophistication, and atmosphere. It moved too fast. But, hey, it was an entertaining film, and “Ernest and Celestine” may be worse.

      Also, those people being critical of “Frozen” because it’s “more popular”- their anger seems to be misplaced. And they’re probably not even the majority. Angry people seem louder. “Frozen” had a team of artists who worked hard. In all subjectivity, that’s something about the nominees no one can argue- these are some hard-working artists.

      • polarise

        Tall poppy syndrome.

  • Anon

    I miss 2009, when the animated films were really diverse, and showed how broad and creative animation could be: Up, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Secret of Kells, Princess + the Frog. This year just felt like the Academy was saying: “well obviously Frozen will win cause its still in the box office, what should we throw in there to make it look like we actually considered other movies? Well, there’s the latest Miyazaki, a European film we just heard of, and let’s throw in a couple of the other major animated films from different US studios, because we’ll hear hell if we don’t- alright now let get back to finding a children’s toy we haven’t turned into a movie yet”.

    • IJK

      Are you kidding? You just described two identical years.

      It’s 2009: Oh Up! will win for sure because it’s Pixar, but let’s just throw in some stop-motion and a foreign film to try and appeal to other people because we’ll hear hell if we don’t.

      I never thought I would see hard nostalgia hit someone for an event that was only a few years ago.

      • Anon

        No I’m not kidding- 2009 was by far a much stronger year for animation then this past year. Henry Selick received a great deal of recognition (so many people mistake Burton for being the director of N.B.Xmas), Wes Anderson dabbled in directing an animated film, Disney finally made a 2-d film with African American characters (and a proper budget), Pixar’s “Up!” was also progressive in a lot of ways and “Secret of Kells” was refreshing and visually stunning in its illustrative techniques. Even if “Up!” was the lead contender, the films for 2009 over all were much stronger than this year- in storytelling, in content and in diversity.

        What was this year? Three 3-d films, one of which was a sequel, and two 2-d ones, which were fine…but the 2-d films were barely in theaters (for a few days) before the Oscars.

        I wouldn’t say its nostalgia, more like wallowing in disappointment.