Frozen 2 is projected to earn between $117 and $130 million at the box office after earning $42.4 million in its first day. The original Frozen went on to make over $1.2 billion during its run at the worldwide box office in 2013, becoming the highest-grossing animated film ever in the process. Part of the sequel’s success is attributable to its positive reception. The film currently holds a 94% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, though its critical score is lower at 75%.
The film brings back much of the talent behind the 2013 original, including the voices of Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna) and Josh Gad (Olaf). This time, Elsa and Anna are heading north as they look to defeat evil forces, in a storyline that deals with some darker themes than the original. It comes six years after the release of the first film, a box office sensation which spawned a flurry of merchandising, a Broadway musical, two Oscar wins and one of the decade’s biggest earworms in Menzel’s Let it Go.
It remained in the top 10 at the box office for 17 weeks and made a total of $1.27bn (£986m). The original Frozen is the second-highest grossing animation of all time – only surpassed recently by this year’s reboot of The Lion King.