Reported by Cassandra Singh.
Disney’s latest animated musical, Frozen, has surpassed expectations and has grossed over $300M in the United States alone, placing it on track to becoming the highest-grossing Disney Animation release in history. To add to that success, Frozen’s soundtrack hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard charts. The ball seems to be rolling hard and fast for this animation and it could roll right into the territory of Broadway musicals. That wouldn’t be such a surprise seeing as Frozen’s success is still to grow, with the film yet to be released in a number of major territories overseas, including Korea, Japan and China.
While nothing has been locked in regarding a musical, it’s important to note that Disney is tackling Broadway much more these days. The six-time Tony Award-winning stage-show of The Lion King has become a worldwide hit, becoming the first Broadway show to ever gross $1 billion. Apart from The Lion King, Disney is preparing for Aladdin to hit Broadway on March 20. It isn’t too much of a stretch to assume Frozen will eventually be developed into a live-show as well, which would be perfect for an ice-skating spectacular.
According to Deadline, Dave Hollis, EVP of distribution, had this to say about the film’s success:
“It was a snowball effect. It had more momentum as time went by. It all began with a really great story and creative excellence, and if you think about it, that is the foundation on which the company was built. Quality storytelling and creating memorable characters with heart ultimately transcends language and culture which is why we are seeing strong business internationally.”
To date, Frozen has grossed an estimated $655.2M worldwide and the film is still playing on 3,318 screens in the U.S. The film has become the highest grossing Disney Studios Animation picture of all time in Russia, the UK, and Mexico.
We absolutely loved the film, and you can read our passionate review right HERE.