Disney’s Frozen, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, smashed every possible box office record for a Disney film this weekend, grossing $67.4 million over the 3-day weekend, and $93.9M over the five-day holiday period. The previous highest opening for a Disney film was last year’s Wreck-It Ralph, which opened with $49M. In 2010, Tangled opened in the same Thanksgiving holiday timeframe with a $48.8M weekend, and $68.7M five-day holiday. With Frozen’s breathtaking numbers, it’s hardly worth mentioning that Frozen had to settle for second place at the box office, behind the Hunger Games adaptation Catching Fire.
Give credit to John Lasseter. After two clumsy misfires—Bolt and Princess and the Frog—he has delivered three blockbusters in a row for Walt Disney Animation Studios—Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and now the studio’s biggest opening ever, Frozen. (Winnie the Pooh doesn’t count because it was neither designed to be, nor marketed as, a blockbuster-style film.)