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'Frozen' and 'LEGO Movie' Pass Box Office Milestones

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 30, 2014 at 3:37PM

Two movies that crossed major box office landmarks this weekend, "Frozen" and "The Lego Movie," remind us that with blockbusters, often originality is king. In its sights: "The Dark Knight Rises." Watch out, Batman, you're about to get beat by a princess!
'The LEGO Movie'
'The LEGO Movie'

Let us take this moment, as Disney's "Frozen" becomes the highest-grossing animated film in box office history with $1 billion worldwide-- passing "The Lion King" and entering the top ten of all-time grossers list-- to make note that this princess musical with two female leads plays well to wide audiences all over the world. It is not a sequel. While it boasts a fairy tale pedigree, fair to say this is an original screenplay, and marks the second year in a row that the animated feature Oscar was won by a movie co-directed by a woman, in this case Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck ("Brave" was directed by Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews).

The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh billion-dollar release and the first animated feature to cross that mark, “Frozen” has grossed an estimated $398.4 million at the domestic box office and $674 million overseas. In its sights are such iconic blockbusters as "The Dark Knight Rises." Watch out, Batman, you're about to get beaten by a princess!

Also marking a box office milestone is Warner Bros.' more recent February 7 release, animated "The LEGO Movie," which has crossed the $400 million worldwide mark. To date, the film has earned $248.3 million domestic and $152.2 internationally. 

Following its record-breaking February 7th North American opening, “The LEGO Movie" (Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and LEGO System A/S) was number one at the box office for three consecutive weeks. It also did well overseas, where it will expand in additional territories in the coming weeks, including Australia on April 3rd and Germany on April 10th. Again, this ingenious and innovative original movie was written and directed by the "21 Jump Street" team of Phil Lord & Christopher Miller.

More details on "Frozen"'s remarkable box office performance are below. 

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, Frozen, The Lego Movie

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.