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'Frozen' Puts Chill on 'Lion King,' Longest Running No. 1 Film Soundtrack Since 2003

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 6, 2014 at 1:15PM

"Frozen" has beaten Disney's highest grossing animated blockbuster "The Lion King." The film's mighty soundtrack has held at No.1 on the charts for its fourth non-consecutive week, the first theatrical film album to do so since 2003's "Bad Boys II."
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The folks at Disney are very happy, as Disney chairman Bob Iger reported on an earnings call yesterday that "Frozen" ($865 million worldwide so far) has "become the most successful Disney Animation movie of all time," surpassing Disney's animated blockbuster "The Lion King," which stood on top of the mountain for 20 years (it boasts a worldwide total of $952 million, with rereleases). That 1994 film was a departure for Disney, as it aimed at a wider and more male global demographic than the classic princess musicals, and the Elton John/Tim Rice songs and Hans Zimmer score rocked fans around the world. 

With Oscar frontrunner "Frozen," Disney's John Lasseter has finally supervised a commercial behemoth of that magnitude, using the same music/movie synergy. The film's mighty soundtrack has held at No.1 on the charts for its fourth non-consecutive week, the first theatrical film album to do so since 2003's "Bad Boys II."

This follows a steady climb on Billboard and iTunes since the film's release back in November. It eventually hit No. 1 on January 5, selling 165,000 copies. (Listen to Idina Menzel's Oscar nominated frontrunner "Let It Go" here.)

Speaking of "The Lion King," Elton John's Rocket Pictures has acquired the rights to adapt Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice's global hit play "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" for the big screen. Can't wait. 

This article is related to: News, Frozen, Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Awards, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures, John Lasseter


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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.