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Thursday 18 January 2018

No thawing for Frozen's success

Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff lend their voices to characters in Frozen
Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff lend their voices to characters in Frozen

Frozen has iced out its rivals, as it climbed its way to become the fifth highest-grossing film in box office history.

Disney's two-time Oscar-winning animated movie, featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, is in the top five after taking 1.219 billion US dollars (£723 million) worldwide, according to figures released by Box Office Mojo.

The film about a fearless princess and her estranged sister joins Avatar, Titanic, Avengers Assemble and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 in the top five, after overtaking Iron Man 3.

The latest feat comes two months after Frozen, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, had become the highest-grossing animation in history. It will be adapted for the Broadway stage in the future.

The film - which won best animated feature and best original song for Let It Go, sung by Idina - has topped the Japanese box office for 11 consecutive weekends, with around 15.6 million tickets sold in the country for both the original and dubbed versions.

James Cameron remains the top-grossing director of all time, with Avatar's global takings of around 2.78 billion US dollars (£1.65 billion), followed by his epic romantic drama Titanic in second place, banking in an estimated 2.19 billion US dollars (£1.3 billion).

Marvel's superhero blockbuster Avengers Assemble is in third spot (1.52 billion US dollars/£900 million), with the final Harry Potter instalment in fourth place (1.34 billion US dollars/£795 million).

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