When Frozen 2 was announced, everyone assumed it would be a natural hit, but nobody could have predicted the record-breaking opening weekend it claimed.
Raking in over $358 million at the box office in just three days, the sequel has already outperformed the first film’s $110.6 million launch in 2013. In fact, Frozen 2 now holds the record for the biggest global opening of all time for an animated film. That enormous honor was previously held by Toy Story 4, which grossed $240.9 million in its opening weekend earlier this year.
Elsa and Anna’s latest adventure also takes home the record for having the biggest domestic opening for an animated film in November, and the biggest IMAX opening for an animated film.
In South Korea, it even claimed the third biggest opening for any film, standing proudly among Avengers: Endgame and Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days which respectively fill first and second place in the country.
For reference, here’s a list of the top 10 worldwide opening weekends among animated films:
1. Frozen 2 – $358m
2. Toy Story 4 – $240.9m
3. Incredibles 2 – $235.8m
4. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – $218.4m
5. Finding Dory – $185.7m
6. The Simpsons Movie – $170.9m
7. Despicable Me 2 – $147m
8. Toy Story 3 – $145m
9. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $137.6m
10. Monsters University – $136.9m
Its record-shattering debut also places it as the fifth most lucrative of all time for any film, too. Which is very good news for Hasbro as the toy manufacturer has spared no expense in filling retailer’s shelves with all kind of Frozen 2 merchandise for the Christmas season.
Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of theatrical distribution, said the company is “definitely thrilled”, adding that “It is not easy to follow up the original Frozen. We are cautiously optimistic the film [will] continue to have legs. I think we are going to have a good run.”
Honestly, at this point the only serious competition for the film will be Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, which doesn’t release until December 20th.