While plenty of us may already be enjoying Disneyâ€™s latest outing, Moana, on either Digital HD or Blu-ray, the film itself still hasnâ€™t finished its theatrical run across the globe. In fact, just last weekend, the film opened in the land of the rising sun, bringing in a strong $6.2 million in its opening weekend during Japanâ€™s spring break. While this may seem like small fry numbers compared to what weâ€™re used to, it did help to push the animated film past an important milestone.
According to Variety, the film has now crossed $600 million worldwide. For a comparison, this puts it in fourth place in Disneyâ€™s whole pantheon of animated films. Hereâ€™s how it stacks up against the big dogs.
- Frozen – $1.2765 billion
- Zootopia – $1.0238 billion
- Big Hero 6 – $657.8 million
- Moana – $600 million
- Tangled – $591 million
It is interesting to see these numbers side-by-side. Given Moanaâ€™s budget of around $150 million, according to The Numbers (though Disney never released an official budget, most animated films of this scale cost around that much), the film has undoubtedly made a decent amount of profit in its time in theaters. However, there does seem to be a very big gap between the two highest grossing films â€” Frozen and Zootopia â€” and the â€œreally goodâ€ performers like Big Hero 6, Moana, and Tangled.
In our world of big, billion-dollar blockbusters, itâ€™s easy to look at the last three and ask why they werenâ€™t as successful as the other two, but in reality, I think both Frozen and Zootopia were anomalies. Frozen was (and continues to be) one of the biggest phenomenons in animated film history, and Zootopia was a flick that managed to work on a story level, and on a social commentary level, which I think helped in getting more curious audiences out to the theaters.
Additionally, Moana hit theaters in a very packed winter season, with movies falling on either side of it. So when all said and done, its success is very well earned and deserved.