Frozen Is Now The Highest-Grossing Animated Film Of All Time

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March 30 2014 2:51 PM

Frozen Is Now The Highest-Grossing Animated Film Of All Time

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Idina Menzel's Elsa has something to sing about after Frozen's release in Japan.

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Move over, Woody and Buzz: Frozen is officially the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The sister-strong epic has now grossed $1.072 billion total after opening in Japan, finally edging out Toy Story 3's $1.062 billion take from back in 2010. The achievement is the latest in a string of Frozen benchmarks: it's also the first film from Walt Disney Animation Studios to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and its digital release is the fastest-selling ever, with 3.2 million DVD and Blu-Ray units sold in its first day. The success isn't just rooted in international sales, either; Frozen remained in the top 10 at the domestic box office for 16 straight weeks, which hadn't been done since 2002.

And for the "Let it Go" fans, the soundtrack is making just as much history: already platinum-certified, the album returned to the #1 spot on the Billboard charts last week for a seventh time, tied with Taylor Swift's 2012 hit Red and inching closer to the success of Adele's 21, which spent 24 weeks at the top spot in the same year. The reign of the ice queen continues.

Sharan Shetty is a writer for Brow Beat. You can follow him on Twitter

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