Following a spectacular showing at the Christmas holiday box office, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times, Disney’s animated musical Frozen has passed the $500 million mark in worldwide ticket sales.
Starring the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, Frozen is Disney's fourth film to reach the milestone, joining Marvel features Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World and Pixar's animated prequel Monsters University. Domestically, it is the studio's most successful animated film after The Lion King ($422.8 million).
In North America, the film grossed $28.8 million in its fifth weekend in wide release, almost matching the $29 million earned by the three-week-old number one movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. On Monday, Frozen overtook the top spot at the box office with $7.9 million, while the Hobbit sequel made $6.5 million.
The Golden Globe-nominated film opened wide in North America on November 27 to earn $93.6 million for the five-day holiday debut, setting a new record for the largest Thanksgiving debut in history. It was also the largest opening ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film.
Internationally, Frozen became the biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios release of all time in the U.K./Ireland Monday. The film has yet to be released in several territories including China, Brazil, Argentina, Korea and Japan.