NEW YORK - Disney's hit film "Frozen"has become the top-grossing animated film in box office history, the studio said on Sunday as the musical topped US$1 billion (S$1.26 billion) in global sales.
The film has sold US$398.4 million worth of tickets at domestic (US and Canadian) theatres since opening on Nov. 27 on the eve of the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
Foreign box offices have added another US$674 million, for a global total of US$1.072 billion, Disney said.
"Frozen," inspired by "The Snow Queen" fairytale, is the story of a Scandinavian princess who must reconnect with her sister, the Queen, who has the power of freezing anything into ice with her hands and accidentally sets off a long winter that is destroying their kingdom.
The previous animated-film box office champion was 2010's "Toy Story 3," which racked up US$1.063 billion in sales, according to Boxofficemojo.com.
Both films were distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
"Frozen," which stayed in the top 10 films on domestic box office charts for more than three months, also has now become the 10th-largest grossing film in cinema history.