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Tuesday, Disney’s Frozen achieved a monumental milestone: it crossed the $300 million mark at the U.S. box office.

This is a feat that less than fifty films have ever done – and the only other Disney movie to have achieved that feat is The Lion King. That’s right, Frozen has surpassed the rest of Disney’s biggest blockbusters, like Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and even Aladdin!

To illustrate what rarefied company Frozen is in, here are the only other animated films to surpass the $300M milestone: Shrek 2 and 3, Toy Story 3, Despicable Me 2, and Finding Nemo. The fact that Frozen is not a sequel makes this feat even more impressive. And Disney Animation now has two $300M movies, same as Pixar and Dreamworks.

Worldwide, Frozen has made $642 million, second only to the Lion King among Disney’s animated films. And it is still raking in money – there is a chance it will surpass Despicable Me 2 to claim the title of 2013’s #1 animated movie.

But that’s not all the good news for Frozen this week! The original soundtrack for Frozen was the #1 album in the U.S. this past week. Surprisingly, animated movies that spawn #1 soundtracks is an even more exclusive club! Frozen is only the fifth movie to do so, following Lion King (which really was insanely successful), Pocahontas, Cinderella, and (oddly enough) 2006’s Curious George.

All those soundtracks, except Curious George, had a song nominated for a Best Song Oscar, and Frozen will doubtlessly follow suit. Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” is the #27 song on the Hot 100 this week. Frozen’s soundtrack has already sold just over half a million copies, enough to certify the album Gold. Frozen is the first film to be #1 at the box office and have the #1 album since Hunger Games achieved both in March 2012.

But there is even more good news for Frozen this week. It won “Best Animated Feature” at two prestigious film award ceremonies on Tuesday: the North Texas Film Critics Association’s Awards and the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards.

Perhaps it’s appropriate that Frozen is meeting with such success this week – it seems like the entire country has frozen over in the film’s honor!

Are you happy to see Frozen meeting with such success? And how many times have you seen it so far?

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  • Amanda

    This is hilarious! I JUST finished listening to Let it Go” and “In Summer” on Youtube, then hopped over to Hypable to find this article. Loved Frozen, and I cannot get those songs out of my head. So happy it’s doing so well. :)

  • Carilyn

    I do wonder if this assessment is adjusted for inflation? Not that I doubt Frozen is a great film that earned this distinction, but is it really more popular than Lion King and Beauty and the Beast?

    • hpboy13

      It’s not. And quite obviously, adjusted for inflation it won’t hold a candle to Aladdin, and falls below BatB (and it is nowhere near as popular as Lion King even without inflation). However, being Disney’s fifth-most successful film since the 1960s is no small feat either.

      And in Frozen’s defense, it’s not an apples to apples comparison. In the early 90s, Disney was the only animation studio on the block, and each film of theirs was an enormous event. Today, there’s an animated film released practically every month. And the usual: piracy, home video, etc, blah blah blah.

  • Israel CastDiio

    FROZEN SLAYAGE is REAL ! Such a good movie !

  • Rob

    Does this include 3D ticket sales, because if so most of the other Disney classics weren’t released in 3D…

    • Amir

      But some were re-released in 3D and they count that too.

      • Garlador

        Correct, like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Frozen’s pedigree is such that I can easily see it getting a re-release in theaters on its 15th or 20th anniversary.

        • Amir

          It should too. I saw it a few days ago and it deserves all the praise it gets!!

  • Caroline J.

    i am SO happy to see Frozen continue to do well. i only saw it recently after hearing such consistently good reviews and i was the opposite of disappointed. i particularly loved the “twist” ending. i won’t give it away though. =)

  • Kelly

    Curious George was actually completely a Jack Johnson album that is why it did so well

  • Miniryu-Ninja

    It has earned every bit of recognition it gets..the film was amazing! Best Disney film since the Renaissance ended with Tarzan in 1999. Could this be the start of a second wave? I hope so!

  • Elphaba Thropp

    This feels a little weird, since to me, while a good movie, Frozen did not meet the normal Disney standards. Oh well, making up for the other losses Disney’s had this year, good for them!

  • Artamus Sumatra

    Best adaptation of “The Snow Queen” ever – by several Country Miles!
    Most film versions completely blow it by portraying the title character as a clone of the White Witch from Narnia. The original Snow Queen, like Elsa, is NOT a villain, she’s just misunderstood.

  • sarahd15

    “Do you wanna build a snowmaaaaaaan?”

    “Hi, I’m Olaf! And I like warm hugs!”

    Little things like that is what made this movie so amazing! Brilliant story, beautifully made! And I especially love how it was the love of her sister that saved her and the kingdom in the end :) <3

  • Casey Sara

    I’m so incredibly happy that Frozen is doing so well. I hope it continues to rake in money, and I’m seeing it for the 8th time this weekend!

  • Sam

    I’ve seen Frozen twice so far and in my opinion it is easily the best animated film in the past 15 years. That and the soundtrack is just fantastic!

    • Jim

      Spirited Away???

  • BronzeSparks123

    I have seen it three times :) And not gonna lie, when I went for the third time I wore one of the limited edition silver frozen tiaras from the Disney store :)

  • Ashley

    The Lion King is the best Disney movie of all time…… some movie about snow or whatever, nah……

    • captainobvious

      Well, using that logic, Aladdin is about lamp-rubbing and the Lion King is about lions and bearded monkeys talking….

    • callmearia

      Did you even see the movie? Frozen is an instant classic and it is easily in the same category as Lion King.

    • Shannon

      Ashley, if that is all you got out of this movie, then you are truly sad.

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