Finally: Disney can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they’ve scored a box office win. But seriously, folks: Frozen 2 is a smash hit. The long-awaited sequel to the 2013 animated film debuted over the weekend, and hauled in $350 million globally. That includes a $127 million domestic intake, which some are calling the biggest animated opening ever – but that’s not quite correct. Disney’s recent Lion King reboot was also fully animated, and had a $191 million opening weekend. Still, The Lion King 2019 isn’t officially one of the Walt Disney Animation Studios films, and as far as releases from that studio go, Frozen 2 is the winner.
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Frozen 2 is now in theaters, giving audiences everywhere a whole new set of earworms to get lodged in the old cabeza. Your mind is likely already made up about whether or not you’ll see the movie, but if you need more convincing, this new Frozen 2 featurette plays up how expansive the Frozen world gets in the long-awaited sequel. As Kristen Bell says in the video below, “Frozen 2 is a much bigger world.”
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Will Ferrell returns to Saturday Night Live this weekend, and before the show begins, he dub up the buried treasure he left behind. Plus, Avengers franchise stars Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson interview each other for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” video series, and Frozen 2 co-stars Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »
Disney heads into the unknown with Frozen II, its first theatrical sequel to one of its biggest hits. Before Frozen II, most of the beloved Disney animated movies would receive at least one direct-to-video sequel or maybe a TV spin-off. But the incredible success of 2013’s Frozen almost necessitated a sequel that could once again tap into Elsa-mania with the help of brand new songs by Oscar-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and the return of Idina Menzel‘s soaring vocals. And, according to critics who got the chance to see the highly anticipated sequel early, that’s exactly where Frozen II succeeds.
Critics praised the dazzling visuals and the undeniably catchy songs of the new film, but questioned whether Frozen II needs to exist at all — aside from being a surefire box office hit. See what critics are saying in the Frozen 2 early buzz below.
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Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen II hasn’t even come out yet, and it’s already broken a record. Tickets for the highly-anticipated sequel went on sale earlier this week, and Fandango reports that in the first day of availability, Frozen II sold more tickets than the previous record-holder, Toy Story 4. That means it is now the new presales champion for animated movies, with its first-day totals topping those of every other animated film in Fandango’s 19-year history. And its next 24 hours were pretty impressive, too.
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2013’s Frozen was about two estranged sisters finally coming together again after years of separation, with their small family restored and everything seemingly set up for a “happily ever after” ending. But directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck didn’t think the story of Elsa and Anna was finished, and even though the dynamic has changed between the characters, the sequel presents them with new challenges as Elsa experiences a far-off voice calling to her in the night.
Several weeks ago, /Film sat down with Lee, Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho for an early Frozen 2 interview, and now we can finally share it with you. The filmmakers told us about how Anna has “everything to lose” this time around, the element of this sequel they’re most proud of, crafting this new story in the shadow of the first film’s mega-hit status, and letting the characters guide the story instead of the other way around. Read More »
Frozen 2 arrives in theaters in just under three weeks, but a piece of the sequel’s new soundtrack has just become available online. Walt Disney Animation has already previewed one of the catchy new songs that will be featured in the movie, and now the cover from punk pop band Panic! At the Disco has debuted in full. This will likely be playing when the credits roll on Frozen 2, and it’s actually quite an energizing ditty that could easily be part of an epic rock opera. Listen below. Read More »
Back in 2013, Disney surprised everyone with Frozen, an original animated musical that became a giant hit, both as movie and a chart-topping soundtrack that you couldn’t get out of your head. Six years later, they’re going to try it all over again with Frozen 2. The soundtrack appears to be on the right path to being another earworm, and a new trailer promises an epic adventure that will test the strength of Elsa’s powers and appears to reveal exactly where they came from. Watch the new Frozen 2 trailer below. Read More »
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About a month ago, early Frozen 2 box office tracking numbers suggested that the highly-anticipated Walt Disney Animation sequel was on pace for a huge $145 million opening weekend. But if Disney executives are feeling a shudder up their spines this morning, it may not just be because today is Halloween – they may have just seen the most recent tracking numbers, which instead suggest that Frozen 2 is on track for something closer to a $100 million opening. Looks like Disney may have to take that hope for a much more impressive opening and…*dons sunglasses*…let it go.
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Elsa is no longer about concealing and not feeling. The Queen of Arendelle is fully embracing her powers in Frozen 2, Disney’s highly anticipated to its 2013 mega-hit Frozen. Disney has released a new Frozen 2 trailer, which shows Elsa letting her hair down (even more), and showing off never-before-seen ice powers. Watch the new Frozen 2 trailer below.
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