Over the weekend, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen took the number 10 spot in the list of the highest grossing films of all time. Its current take is standing at $1.072 billion (earning $398.4 million in the U.S. and $674 million in international markets so far). Frozen has now overtaken both Disney Animation’s The Lion King ($987.5 million) and Pixar Animation Studio’s Toy Story 3 ($1.063 billion worldwide) in total worldwide box office earnings, making it Disney’s most successful animated film ever in its first run and also giving it the bragging rights as being in the top 10 of the all-time worldwide box office.
It’s kind of exciting to read headlines like “Will Non-Stop,” the action thriller starring Liam Neeson, “take down The LEGO Movie?” The fact that an animated film starring plastic building blocks could continually fare so well in the competitive box office is just amazing. The LEGO Movie won its third straight week as top grosser last weekend with $31 million more in revenue for its pot.
For the weekend of December 13-15, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the big winner at the U.S. box office, pulling in an estimated $73.7 million. While the weekend take was impressive for Smaug, Box Office Mojo reports that the films earnings were still 13 percent lower than the first film in Peter Jackson’s latest Middle Earth trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd animated motion picture Frozen opened up in a big way in the U.S. over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Taking in an estimated $66.7 million over the three-day weekend and an estimated $93 million over the five-day period (the film opened on a Wednesday), the film overtook the Thanksgiving weekend animated film opening box office records previously set by Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story 2 in 1999 ($80.1 million) and Disney’s Tangled in 2010 ($68.7 million) over the same five-day period.
Disneytoon Studios’ Planes debuted in third place last weekend in U.S. theaters. First place was Elysium with $29.8 million, second place was We’re the Millers with $26.4 million and Planes took third with $22.2 million.
Call it fate, call it karma, call it whatever, but The Smurfs 2 took third place in the U.S. box office derby this weekend, earning $17.5 million over the weekend and a total of $27.1 million since its opening on Wednesday, July 31. According to Box Office Mojo, first place in the U.S. box office this weekend went to 2 Guns with $27.1 million, with The Wolverine taking second place at $21.3 million.
During the Comcast Q2 financial results conference call with financial analysts this past week, NBCUniversal’s chief Steve Burke said that Illumination Entertainment’s hit film Despicable Me 2 will become “the single most profitable film in the 100 year history of Universal Studios.”
Gru and his minions took over the world this past weekend—at least with box office earnings. Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 earned an impressive $82.5 million in the U.S. over the weekend and an estimated $142 million since its U.S. debut on July 3. For comparison, the original Despicable Me earned $56.4 million in its opening weekend in 2010.