FROZEN Eclipses IRON MAN 3 to Become Fifth Highest Grossing Film of All Time Worldwide

     May 26, 2014


Disney’s Frozen continues to steamroll any and everything in its path.  Though the film first opened all the way back in November and is already out on home video stateside (and dominating everything in that market too), the pic is continuing its international rollout and recently hit another box office milestone.  At a worldwide gross of $1.219 billion, Frozen has now become the fifth highest grossing film of all time, besting Iron Man 3’s worldwide gross of $1.215 billion.  That’s a hefty sum for any film, but it’s refreshing to see a non-sequel, non-franchise property doing so well.

Hit the jump for more, including where Frozen stands on the all-time domestic chart.

frozen-movie-imageWith $1.219 billion worldwide, Frozen now ranks #5 on the all-time chart, behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Avengers, Titanic, and of course, Avatar.  It’s unlikely that Frozen will be able to top Harry Potter’s $1.341 billion without some sort of re-release, but the number five spot of all time is still quite an accomplishment.

On the all-time domestic chart, however, Frozen was unable to crack the Top 10.  It’s stateside total stands at $400.5 million, putting it at number 19 on the chart, just behind Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and in front of Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

Disney has admirably not rushed into developing a sequel just yet, as they’re currently focused on putting together a Broadway musical adaptation of the film, but Frozen has invaded the zeitgeist in more ways than one.  Frozen merchandise continues to be one of the most in-demand items for youngsters, and on the next season of ABC’s Disney-mining fantasy series Once Upon a Time, Elsa is poised to make her live-action debut.


  • Ajd1984

    I think what Adam fails to mention is that its quite an accomplishment for an animated film like this, particularly a disney animation to reach the top 5 of all time. And although he seem to be quite negative about the domestic release its still made over 400m dollars. Which for any film is a struggle let alone a Disney animation.

    • milo

      He is oddly negative about the domestic numbers. It did end up number three for the year and would have easily made #2 if Disney hadn’t released it on home video when they did. It was still going strong in theatres and would have made millions more if they had held off on the home release a few more weeks. Maybe they regret that or maybe they did the math and figured that they’d make more overall and that was more important than bragging rights.

  • KaineMorrison

    I hated this film. I couldn’t even make it 30 minutes into it.

    • milo

      Is it really a surprise that the movie isn’t as well received on such a genre heavy site like this, compared to the general public?

    • Person

      Still haven’t watched it myself. I gave up on animated films over the last few years. Last good ones I can remember are How to Train Your Dragon and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Even Pixar can’t put out good stuff anymore, since Up their movies have ranged from rancid to forgettable. (I know Frozen isn’t Pixar btw.)

  • Tyler

    Wasn’t a fan of the film, and yet it out-grossed a better film, Iron Man 3. What is wrong with the universe?

    • ThisGuy01

      One is a movie that can play to all audiences & can actually work for girls. The other is just another episode of the long running comic book fan pandering movie franchise.

      • Tyler

        True. But one has explosions, and humor, and action, and humor, and Iron Man! And the other is an animated film that had one mondo hit song but was so underwhelming and unknowing of what it wanted that it was just… blah.

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  • Grendal Sven

    Thought it was great for what it was, an animated Disney kid’s movie.

    • The Flobbit

      That’s exactly what it failed at being. Look at Tangled and The Lion King and Tarzan for great animated Disney kid’s movies. Frozen was pop-y, bizarrely plotted, and had a terrible message.

      But hey, Let it Go is a great song.

      • milo

        People are going to like what they like, but it’s bizarre to whine that Frozen is “pop-y” while praising those other two. Lion King was Elton John, and the music in Tangled is very poppy, I just saw it again recently and there’s even electric guitar over the opening title (not that I’m saying that’s a bad thing, just giving an example of the pop influence). I love tangled but the songs are nothing special, they don’t hold a candle to anything in Frozen. And I totally don’t get what was so terrible about the message.

      • The Flobbit

        If you can’t see how wrong you are, I am not going to explain anything to you. I will sit behind my computer and pity your misguided ignorance.

  • The Flobbit

    Frozen eclipses Iron Man 3 to become the most overrated movie of all time.

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      Damn straight.

    • milo

      First, IM3 isn’t really overrated, it had just OK reviews so I assume you just mean “made too much money worldwide!” Even on that scale, those seem like weak choices considering the billion club includes Transformers 3, Pirates 2 and especially 4, Phantom Menace, and Alice in Wonderland. And personally I’d put Avatar and Titanic way up on that list as well.

      And I wouldn’t even say Frozen is the most overrated Disney film, for me it’s Lion King by far, the songs are cloying and overall I thought the film was good but not great. Seriously, it wasn’t enough to have the Hakuna Matata pair as comic relief so they needed Whoopi and two other jackals (or whatever they were) too?

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  • milo

    Great movie and the best songs Disney has had in a couple decades. And yes, I said songs, most of the Disney musicals had one or two great songs and a big drop in quality for the rest (the one exception that comes to mind is Beauty and the Beast). Without the songs it would be just a solid Disney movie but the songs are what people really love and what put it way over the top. I’ve heard groups of kids on the playground belting out songs from Frozen, that doesn’t happen often.

    Glad to see the movie and especially the soundtrack find such huge success.

  • Jamie

    I really get depressed when people say that this is one of Disney’s greatest animated movies. “Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Pocahontas” are a million times more enchanting, sophisticated, and subtle than “Frozen”. Watch the film, skip past Let It Go, and you’ll find a movie that is no more entertaining and fulfilling than “Cars 2″.

  • Jamie

    I really get depressed when people say that this is one of Disney’s greatest animated movies. “Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Pocahontas” are a million times more enchanting, sophisticated, and subtle than “Frozen”. Watch the film, skip past Let It Go, and you’ll find a movie that is no more entertaining and fulfilling than “Cars 2″.