Cinema staff were snowed under this weekend as Frozen 2 opened at the box office with a record-breaking $350m in ticket sales, the biggest-ever worldwide debut for an animated movie.
Six years on since the original spawned a global phenomenon, opening weekend for Frozen 2 was always destined to be a big event. The movie made $127 million in Disney’s domestic North American market, and $223m internationally, according to Box Office Mojo.
The sequel, which returned audiences to Arandelle and the adventures of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and company, went down particularly well in Asia, raking in $53m in China, the biggest market outside the States, $31.5m in Korea and $18.2m in Japan.
Regional records were broken in the UK, overtaking Toy Story 4 to become the country’s biggest ever animated opener with $17.8m (£15.1m) in receipts. Woody and Buzz debuted to £13.3m earlier this year.
Elsewhere in Europe the movie bowed with $14.9m in Germany, $13.4 in France and, in Spain, a solid $5.8m.
The movie is still to open in major markets such as Italy, Russia and Australia, where it will debut next weekend. It’ll also open in Greece, New Zealand, Trinidad, Chile and Venezuela.