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'Frozen II' tops $1 billion at the worldwide box office

FROZEN 2 - In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven journey far beyond the gates of Arendelle in search of answers. Featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters November 22. © 2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Frozen II (Credit: Disney)

Frozen II has sailed past $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

The animated sequel has hauled in $366.5 million in the US, and a further $666 million overseas, bringing its total to $1.03 billion - around £770 million.

This means it's pretty likely to pass its eminent predecessor's $1.27 billion by the time it exits the multiplexes, though it has now been knocked off the box office top spot by Jumanji: The Next Level (which made $212 million over the weekend).

If it does so, that would make it the highest-grossing animated sequel ever, beating Minions' $1.1 billion haul.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff with Frozen characters at the European Premiere of Disney's "Frozen 2" on November 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)
Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff with Frozen characters at the European Premiere of Disney's "Frozen 2", 2019. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)

However, according to Forbes, the sequel has dropped tens of millions in Japan, compared to the first movie.

Read more: Frozen II has biggest ever opening weekend for animation

So far, Frozen II has made $67 million in Japan, where is made a staggering $247 million in 2014.

But it's all going on the pile at Disney, which last week became the first studio ever to top $10 billion for a single year's box office takings.

It joins big hitters like Avengers: Endgame ($2.8 billion, Captain Marvel ($1.13 billion), The Lion King ($1.65 billion), Toy Story 4 ($1.07 billion) and Aladdin ($1.05 billion).

If Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker can make it to $1 billion before Christmas, that will be a record seven billion dollar movies in a year.