Fueled by whammo performances from “Frozen” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Disney has crossed the $1 billion mark this weekend at the international box office, marking the fastest time the studio has ever done so.
So far, “Captain America” has grossed a whopping $586 million-plus globally, of which $385.1 million comes from overseas markets — a massive improvement over the original.
Though “The Winter Soldier” has impressed to date, the Mouse’s far-and-away stand-out player has been Disney Animation’s “Frozen,” which this weekend became the highest-grossing film internationally, with $729.3 million, surpassing “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (with $715 million in 2012).
“Frozen” has defied expectations in nearly every market: For instance, in Japan, where anime usually reigns supreme, the Disney toon has amassed an outstanding $104.1 million locally, making that territory the film’s largest contributor outside the U.S.
South Korea is the toon’s second-largest international territory, with $76.9 million, followed by the U.K. ($65.2 million) and China ($48.7 million).
Other than “Frozen” and “Captain America,” Disney has had few successes, since “Muppets Most Wanted” has struggled to gain any ground, collecting less than $20 million to date.
The studio, however, has several summer highlights to look forward to including “Million Dollar Arm,” “Maleficent” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”