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As Frozen Leads the Box Office, Turmoil in Animation Land

FrozenPhotograph by Walt Disney Pictures via Everett Collection

A week after coming in second to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit Frozen managed to wrest last weekend’s box office crown with an impressive $31 million (to Catching Fire’s $27 million). Going into this weekend it’s banked about $140 million domestically. With solid legs, an A+ CinemaScore grade, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature Film, and Christmas right around the corner, Frozen is projected to make about $250 million.

Along with the $367 million earned by Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2, the $268 million brought in by Pixar Animation Studios’ (DIS) Monsters University, and the $187 million earned by Fox and DreamWorks Animation’s (DWA) The Croods, that caps off a pretty solid year for animation at the domestic box office.