"Frozen II" shatters the box office.
This weekend as Disney's Frozen II debuted at the box office, the animated flick earned $127 million at the domestic box office while amassing a tally of $350.2 million worldwide. It makes for a record global opening for a cartoon film, beating out Incredibles 2's $242 million launch. In additon it also makes a record number for a Disney animation opening in China with $55 million. It sets the sequel up for a smooth ride toward eclipsing Frozen's $876 million total overseas tally.
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On Friday, the movie kicked off with $41.9 million on Friday and experienced a jump of 19% with a total $49.8 million. Not accounting for inflation, Frozen II is now the third-biggest launch for an animated film in North America. It bows behind the $135 million eanred by Finding Dory and still trails Incredibles 2's domestic opening tally of $183 million.
With its debut, Frozen II adds onto Disney's billion-dollar year, bringing the tally past $3 billion at the domestic box office. The remainder of the figure is supplemented by Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, Toy Story 4, and Captain Marvel which all pulled a range from $390 million to $858 million this year. It is now the the third year that Disney films have grossed over $3 billion. All the while, it is still banking on the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December, poised to bring Disney well past its record of $3.09 billion in a single year.