Frozen does what it does and somehow manages to get back on top around the world, taking full advantage of the market’s lack of new and successful enough content.
The best home run Disney has had in its in-house animation department in a very long time, Frozen ended up on top after another solid weekend with $27.8 million. After almost eight weeks in release Frozen has amassed $394.6 million internationally, that’s more then Tangled‘s $391 million final overseas cume. Worldwide the Disney musical has $713.7 million and by the end of the week it should become the studio’s second highest grosser of the year (Monsters University currently holds the spot with $743.5 million). Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion) has no competition for the top spot at Disney (and almost everywhere else in 2013), so nothing is going to change there. It is also the first time a Walt Disney animation makes more money then a Pixar production released in the same year. Yes, I double and even triple checked, it has never happened before. So for the first time in forever it is Pixar running after Walt Disney Animation, not the other way around. Inflation or not, Frozen really is Disney’s biggest in-house hit since The Lion King.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug fell a bit harder so it ended up in second place with $21.9 million. But this is no slouch either at $566.3 million internationally (third best of 2013 and soon to be second) and $809.9 million worldwide (fourth, soon third). Smaug will end its run probably closer to $950 million then $1 billion.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was surprisingly steady in third with $15.5 million. It becomes not so surprising when I add that the found footage horror expanded into 16 more markets, coming to a total of 40 now showing it. With $34.6 million internationally and $63.9 million worldwide, The Marked Ones is doing well enough, even if it doesn’t end up past $100 million.
Despicable Me 2 moved back in the chart after debuting in its last market, China. And what a debut that was, third biggest ever for an animation, $14.4 million (Ice Age 4 and Kung Fu Panda still reign supreme over there). The incredibly popular sequel is now up to $935.8 million worldwide. Since it won’t top The Lion King‘s incredible $987.5 million, Despicable Me 2 will have to settle for the title of “only” the third highest grossing animation of all time (Toy Story 3 has $1 billion in first place).
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty rounds out the top five with $14.2 million and $93.9 million internationally. With the movie’s $53.2 million domestic gross we come to a worldwide total of $147.2 million.