Disney's record year at the box office continues to roll on as Frozen 2 has crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office. The animated sequel has been raking in the cash ever since its release last month and, with the additional $19.1 million it took in domestically over the weekend, plus another impressive international haul, its total now sits at $1.03 billion. What's more, this is the studio's sixth movie to cross the major milestone in 2019.
The original Frozen was released in 2013 and became a larger hit than anyone expected. Propelled by the smash hit Let It Go, the movie grossed $1.27 billion, making it one of the biggest movies ever. As such, a sequel became a top priority for Disney, but it still took six years to get it to theaters. Some wondered if that time gap would be an issue. These numbers suggest the six-year gap did little, if any harm to its financial prospects. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee returned to make an equally huge hit that should, at the very least, match its predecessor by the end of its run.
Looking at the larger box office picture, this joins five other movies released by the Mouse House this year that made at least $1 billion globally. Avengers: Endgame ($2.79 billion), The Lion King ($1.65 billion), Captain Marvel ($1.12 billion), Toy Story 4 ($1.07 billion) and Aladdin ($1.05 billion) are also in that club. Even before Frozen 2 reached ten figures globally, Disney became the first studio in history to earn $10 billion at the box office in a single year, and nobody else has even come close.
What's more, only two other studios have released a single movie that went on to cross the $1 billion milestone this year. Warner Bros.' surprise hit DC Comics adaptation Joker ($1.05 billion) and Sony's not-so-surprising hit sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.13 billion) were the only other two to pull it off this year. Though, it's worth pointing out that Far From Home was produced by Disney's Marvel Studios and connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only that, but it came out mere months after Avengers: Endgame and served as something of an epilogue to the events of what is now the highest-grossing movie in history. So, while it may be a Sony release, it's safe to say Disney provided a big assist there.
None of this even accounts for the Fox movies released by Disney this year following the merger, which went into effect back in March. Plus, Disney still has Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hitting theaters this weekend. It is truly a level of dominance that other studios, for the time being, simply can't hope to match. Is it too much? Is this bordering on a monopoly? Perhaps that's a discussion for another time. In any event, it's hard not to be impressed at the raw numbers. This news was previously reported by Deadline.