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'Frozen' becomes No. 1 animated film of all time

March 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM ET

"Frozen" is hot at the box office, even four months after its release.
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"Frozen" is hot at the box office, even four months after its release.

"Frozen" has thawed out a new spot in box office history. This weekend, the Oscar-winning Disney film became the top-grossing animated film of all time with $1.072 billion in domestic and international sales.

The film has surpassed original record holder "Toy Story 3," which had earned $1.063 billion. It takes up a berth as the No. 10 biggest global blockbuster, and is also the first billion-dollar film from Disney Animation Studios. 

"Frozen" now also ranks as No. 7 among all of Disney's films, according to The Hollywood Reporter, having surpassed the live-action "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which earned $1.06 billion.

The movie, about a young princess named Elsa with the power to create ice and snow, stars the voices of Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell.

In other box office news, "Noah" washed over the competition this week, earning $44 million in its first outing. Early buzz on Darren Aronofsky's interpretation of the Biblical flood story drove controversy prior to the film's opening, but as THR noted, the movie appears to have won over "faith-based and mainstream moviegoers alike."

NBC's Janet Shamlian spoke with audience members outside a theater in Houston, and the reactions were mixed but thoughtful, ranging from, "I expected a science-fiction flick; that's what I got," to "It's like a slap in the face to religious people" to "It was sci-fi but .... it had a grain of truth in it."

Meanwhile, "Noah" isn't the only film with a religious bent doing well at the box office. "God's Not Dead" was No. 5, earning $22 million.

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