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.