Frozen's box office success continues

News Ryan Lambie 6 Jan 2014 - 06:24

Despite competition from several new releases, Disney's Frozen continues to dominate at the US box office...

The success of Disney's latest animated film Frozen continues to exceed expectations, with its gross now standing at more than $640m worldwide.

In America, Frozen's even managed to fend off opposition from this week's new release, the horror spin-off Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, and head back to the top of the charts, adding a further $20m to its gross - some $2m more than its spooky rival.

It shouldn't be forgotten that Frozen had some intense competition over the festive season, too, with the likes of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug remaining at the number one spot for three weekends in a row (its global total now stands at just over $756m) while Anchorman 2, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty all vied for audience interest.

Inevitably, some movies did better than others, and it's fair to say that Universal's 47 Ronin suffered from the strength of its competitors - Carl Rinsch's lavish, $175m samurai fantasy film has made just over $50m so far.

For Disney Animation Studios, meanwhile, the critical and financial success of Frozen represents a huge victory, and it's widely considered to be the studio's best feature since its creative rebirth in the 1990s. It's a vindication, too, for Disney's exploration of both the traditional and the modern; last year's Wreck-It Ralph was a youthful, sugary adventure set in a videogame world, while Frozen's a fresh twist on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.

This November sees Disney again trying something modern and refreshingly different; directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, Big Hero 6 is an animated adaptation of Marvel Comics' superhero adventure of the same name, with robots, crime fighters and a distinctive Japanese feel. With the current strength of Disney's creative team behind it, Big Hero 6 should be well worth looking forward to.

THR

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