“Frozen” Is Hotter Than Ever: 1st Place In 6th Weekend

Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s Frozen has accomplished the rarest of box office feats: moving back into first place at the American box office after a month-and-a-half of wide release. The film’s estimated weekend gross of $20.7M is the third-highest 6th weekend gross of all-time behind just Avatar and Titanic. The unstoppable two-princess juggernaut has now grossed $297.8M and is eyeing Despicable Me 2′s $368 million gross to become the top-grossing domestic animated film of 2013.

Overseas, Frozen showed strength too, adding $52.5M during the weekend. Its foreign cume is $342.1M, and worldwide total is $639.9M. Frozen still has a ways to go before it matches Despicable Me 2′s worldwide total of $919M, but it looks like it may come close now.

(Let’s also point out this remarkable fact: 3 of the top 6 films at the domestic box office in 2013 were animated: Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, and Frozen. That’s a remarkable rate of success, especially considering that there were less than a dozen major animated releases and more than a hundred live-action releases. But that’s not the story that the mainstream media is telling; instead they have published a steady barrage of moronic pieces that suggest too many animated films are being made or that the animation industry is in turmoil.)

The Disney biopic Saving Mr. Banks landed in 7th with $9.1M (est). The film has steadily pushed its box office gross upward to a respectable $59.3M. Fox’s Walking with Dinosaurs picked up $3.8M in its 3rd week for a 12th place finish and a $31.4M total.


  • Cheese

    Wow! 2nd time to be in 1st place at the box office! I wonder what would happen if they stood in 1st place at the next weekend? It will have to deal with “I, Frankenstein (to me it looks stupid and showing off)” and “The Legend of Hercules (Disney’s “Hercules” is way better, especially with James Woods as Hades who did an excellent job).”

  • Strong Enough

    Animation is the future of moviemaking. Gravity proves that. And soon Avatar 2 will prove it again

  • Toonio

    Its official, Disney’s brainwash is now a full fledged lobotomy.

    To put it simple, Princess and the Frog, which is a far superior to Frozen on every Disney storytelling principle, was undersold compared to the massive (capital M) marketing campaign Frozen got.

    To the point of destroying the Wonderful World of Color Show @ California Adventure. Replacing an engaging performance with a lame metro-sexual (if that word is still around) snowman.

    Say it ain’t so, I want to hear any rationalization of the opposite.

    • Steve

      “Far superior” is an opinion and since you base your entire argument on an opinion, you can’t have a rational discussion about it. Hence the downvotes you’re getting.

    • Lucky Jim

      “Metro-sexual snowman”?

      What are you talking about?

    • SarahJesness

      While I do agree that “Princess and the Frog” was a better movie, it also had much rougher competition; from “Avatar” and the second “Alvin and the Chipmunks” film, which was apparently really popular. It still did really well. “Frozen” is probably doing well in large part because it doesn’t really have much competition. The only other children’s movie out right now is that “Walking With Dinosaurs” movie (which I hear was a disaster) and there aren’t any super-big movies that got released around the same time. (at least not as big as “Avatar”)

      And I agree with Lucky Jim. What’s “metro-sexual snowman” about? Do you even know what that word means?

    • bob

      If you’re demanding rationalization to your argument, you want might to rationalize your own statements first. Right now they are only opinions and claims.

      While Frozen might not be Disney’s best movie, the fact that it is doing so well is great for animation all around the world. Any successful animated movie helps keep momentum going for the medium. It supplies people with jobs as well.

      Also, if you think Princess and the Frog was great, I’d suggest you branch out and study story telling in other mediums. It might help you to articulate your points.

  • George Comerci

    YES!!!! I AM SO HAPPY!!! I loved this movie, and I am super happy that its doing so well :)

  • Dana B

    HTTYD did something similar, didn’t it?

    While I didn’t like it as much as I did Tangled( and WIR), I’m happy to see it’s doing real great.

  • Inkan1969

    I suppose this is the week when people are in a “Frozen” mood….

  • Chocolate

    Technically it’s their 7th weekend. On the 6th weekend, they scored 2nd place.

    • AmidAmidi

      Technically, yes, “Frozen” played in 1 theater a week earlier, but for industry tracking purposes, it’s the film’s 6th weekend in wide release and that’s how industry sites like Box Office Mojo chart the film.

  • Lucky Jim

    I remember back when the common consensus was that Frozen would make a little more, if not less, than Tangled. How wrong we all were!

    I am genuinely curious why Frozen is resonating with audiences so much more than the past couple. I think it’s a great film, but I wonder why people love it the way they do.

  • Andrew KIeswetter

    It’s great to see Frozen’s done so well. I throughly enjoyed it myself.

  • Matt Sullivan

    Too many songs. but still pretty good. And thank God an animated film is performing so well…