×

‘Frozen’ Heats Up With Top 10 Debut Per-Screen Average

Toon scored estimated $230,000 from one location in L.A.

Disney has done it again — adding to the industry’s list of all-time best per-screen averages, with “Frozen” grossing $237,606 from one location.

The 3D-animated musical, which launched Friday exclusively at the El Capitan in Hollywood, joins its toon brethren such as “Toy Story 2” and “The Princess and the Frog” with one of the industry’s largest opening location averages. “Frozen” now has the seventh-largest per-screen average, behind “Hercules,” which averaged nearly $250,000 from one location in 1997.

SEE ALSO: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Glides Into El Capitan for Exclusive Early Release

Though the average is an impressive one, there are a few factors to consider: Firstly, tickets for the El Cap exclusive cost $16 for adults and $13 for children (3-11), while auds wanting V.I.P. admission shelled out $26 per ticket. Also, Disney packaged the early release with an optional breakfast for an additional cost.

It is difficult to gauge the impact the early release will have on the film’s nationwide release on Wednesday. Word-of-mouth already is solid, thanks to strong reviews, as well as a light-and-fluffy marketing campaign.

SEE ALSO: Film Review: ‘Frozen’

PHOTOS: Disney’s Princesses: From Snow White to ‘Frozen’

The toon, which features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, looks to have an ice-cold grip on the family market being one of only a few holiday films directly targeted to parents and kids. That said, there are a few pics bowing on or around Christmastime that look to enlarge the family mold.

In 2009, Disney released 2D hand-drawn toon “The Princess and the Frog” similarly for a two-screen exclusive launch over Thanksgiving. That film scored the third-highest debut average and went on to gross $24 million during its first outing in wide release two weeks later. “Frozen” will see a much larger opening gross — likely around $70 million in five days.

SEE ALSO: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Premiere Warms Up Audience in Hollywood

Outside animated fare, the Weinstein Co.’s “The Master,” which grossed only $16 million domestically last year, holds the largest opening per-screen average for a traditional live-action release, with $147,262 from five locations.

Disney’s “The Lion King” still is the undisputed opening per-screen champ, with its colossal nearly $800,000 average from two debut locations.

Disney’s Opening Per-Cred

The Mouse House has 8 out of 10 highest debut per-screen averages.

Film (Original theatrical release): Opening average; Location(s)

  1. The Lion King (1994): $793,377; 2
  2. Pocahontas (1995): $448,285; 6
  3. The Princess and the Frog (2009): $393,095; 2
  4. Toy Story 2 (1999): $300,163; 1
  5. A Bug’s Life (1998): $291,121; 1
  6. Hercules (1997): $249,567; 1
  7. Frozen (2013): $237,606*; 1
  8. Red State (2011): $204,230; 1
  9. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001): $164,505; 2
  10. The Master (2012): $147,262; 5

*based on estimate

Popular on Variety

More Data

  • Arturo Guillén

    Arturo Guillen: An International Vision for a Global Business

    MADRID  — In 1996, when still at high school, Spain’s Arturo Guillen, having flunked some exams, took a summer job at Entertainment Data Inc.(EDI), which had just set up in Spain, intent on delivering computer-collected box office results to distributors. Cinema theaters would start relaying results from 10 pm, Guillén recalls. Sometimes the computer froze, [...]

  • India, South Korea Lead Surge in

    India, South Korea Lead Surge in Asian Production, Rights Spending

    Spending on film, TV and online video content in Asia grew by 12% in 2018, a significant leap from 8% the previous year. The strongest growth came from India and South Korea, with Indonesia and Vietnam following. Data from the latest edition of Asia Video Content Dynamics, published by research and consultancy firm Media Partners [...]

  • Pride Parade and Festival in Salt

    New Study Shows Decline in LGBTQ Acceptance Among Young Americans

    A new study from GLAAD shows a significant decline in LGBTQ acceptance among young Americans aged 18-34. In a national survey among U.S. adults called the Accelerating Acceptance Index, the percentage of young Americans reporting being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with LGBTQ people across seven scenarios dropped from 53% to 45%, marking the second consecutive [...]

  • Majelan

    French Podcast App Majelan Launches With 13 Million Audio Episodes Across 50 Countries

    While the podcast space is heating up with a variety of players including Apple, Audible, Spotify and Luminary, a smaller-yet-promising French app called Majelan is rolling out across 50 countries with an international library of 280 000 audio series, or 13 millions episodes, in 15 languages. Majelan is also kicking off with 20 original or [...]

  • Globe Centred On Asia And Oceania,

    APOS: Online Video Headed for 15% Annual Growth, Disrupting Asia Markets

    A blistering 15% annual growth of online video will give the Asian video industry (TV, pay-TV, home entertainment and streaming) a growth rate nearly double that of North America for the next five years. According to a new report from Media Partners Asia, published on the eve of the APOS conference in Indonesia, Asia’s online [...]

  • FICCI-Frames: Digital Growing, But TV Still

    FICCI-Frames: TV Dominates India's Entertainment Sector (Study)

    India’s creative industries sector, comprising television, film, OTT and related industries had an overall market size of $23.9 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow 12% to reach $33.6 billion by 2021. That is according to the annual EY report released during the Frames conference in Mumbai, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    European Cinema Admissions Down 3.3% in 2018, but Hit 1.25 Billion for Fourth Year in a Row

    European cinema admissions hit 1.25 billion for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, despite dropping 3.3% from the record level set in 2017, according to figures released Wednesday by the International Union of Cinemas, or UNIC. Total box office revenue across Europe hit at least €8 billion ($9.1 billion), also for the fourth year running. The figures [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content