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Frozen 2 nets Disney the biggest ever debut for an animated film

CNET logo CNET 25/11/2019 Daniel Van Boom

a woman posing for a picture: Frozen 2 is a box office bonanza for Disney.  © Disney

Frozen 2 is a box office bonanza for Disney. 

Frozen 2 was released in theaters around the world last week and guess what? It made heaps and heaps of money. More money than any animated film has ever made in an opening weekend, in fact. Frozen 2 made $350 million (£271 million) at the global box office, according to Box Office Mojo, $127 million (£98 million) of which was from the US.

This may come as no surprise, but Frozen 2 broke a record held by another Disney property. Until Sunday, the highest-grossing opening weekend for an animated movie belonged to The Lion King. Y'know, the remake released just four months ago. Lion King 2K19 made $245 million (£190 million) during its opening weekend. What movie did The Lion King knockoff to earn that honor? Toy Story 4, another film distributed by Disney -- and released just a month before The Lion King.

So yes, things are going well for The House of Mouse. 

Box Office Mojo notes that, at around $53 million (£41 million) in receipts, China is Frozen 2's biggest international buyer. Disney has netted over $1 billion (£776 million) from Chinese cinemagoers this year alone.

CNET's Patricia Puentes was a fan of the movie, writing in her review that it features a song even catchier than Let It Go. Frozen 2 currently has a 65 rating on Metacritic, below the original's 74.

Gallery: 30 Highest Grossing Animated Movies of All Time Worldwide (TheWrap)

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