Having rapidly skated past the $1 billion marker with its fourth weekend (the sixth Disney Studios film of the year to do so), blockbuster animated sequel Frozen II has thawed out a spot at the top of the all-time highest-grossing animated features worldwide. Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the pic has racked up an estimated $1.325B ($449.9M domestic, $875.3M international).
Four out of the top five all-time animated movies are now Disney or Pixar titles, as Frozen II edged out the first Frozen ($1.281B), Incredibles 2 ($1.243B), Minions ($1.159B, Illumination/Universal) and Toy Story 4 ($1.073B).
It should be noted that the great identity crisis film of the year, The Lion King, has $1.657B. So, the No. 1 ranking depends on your definition of “animation.”
The film’s race to the top has been helped by a quick rollout around the world. The sequel hit $1B in less than a third of the time it took Frozen (15 weeks). The top international markets for Frozen II to date are China ($118.8M), Japan ($103.8M), Korea ($96.2M), the U.K. ($65M) and Germany ($55.1M).
Frozen II previously set a domestic opening record for an animated November opening, as well as all-time animated openings internationally ($228.2M) and worldwide ($358.2M).