Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Drives Disney Past Record $3.2-B in North American Ticket Sales


After posting ing up best-ever Thanksgiving numbers, the animated tentpole is days away from skating past $1-B globally.

Princess Anna and Queen Elsa delivered royal results for Disney (NYSE:DIS) over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Frozen 2 has driven the Top film studio past the $3.2-B mark in Y 2019 domestic ticket sales, a new industry record that eclipses the $3.09-B collected by Disney titles in all of Y 2018 and puts the company’s market share at more than 31%, according to Comscore estimates through Sunday.

That doesn’t include films Disney inherited from 20th Century Fox in late March, such as Ford v Ferrari.

Among film studios, Warner Bros. is # 2 in terms of domestic market share with $1.5-B, or 15%, followed by Universal with $1.4-B of 14.1%, Sony with $1-B, or 10.7%, Lionsgate with $678.1-M, or 6.6 percent, and Paramount with $557.6-M, or 5.4%, according to Comscore.

Fox movies have earned $489.8-M YTD, of 4.9%.

Disney had already set a new global mark in late July when it pasted $7.6-B in worldwide ticket sales after becoming the 1st Hollywood major to cross the $5-B threshold at the international box office.

Frozen 2 made Thanksgiving history in North America with an estimated 5-day take of $123.7-M after opening to a record $130.1-M over the 22-24 November weekend.

Frozen 2 is speeding toward the $1 billion mark after finishing Sunday with a domestic total of $287.6 million and a staggering $738.6 million cume globally.

Frozen 2 will become the 6th 2019 Disney release to join the billion dollar club.

The previous record for the number of $1 billion-plus films released by 1 studio in a given year was 4, a milestone achieved by Disney in Y 2016.

Globally, Disney’s 2019 titles are approaching the $10-B mark and, when including Fox, have surpassed $10.5-B. And it has yet to release Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is set to bow on 20 December.

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