Don’t look now, but Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning Big Hero 6 just became the highest earning animated feature of 2014. Thanks to a strong international box office, it has now passed $620 million globally. The film, which earned $221 million domestically, surpassed $400 million at the international box office this weekend.
Big Hero 6 continues to perform strongly in China, where it opened Feb. 28 and has brought in over $51 million, surpassing Frozen to become the highest grossing animated release ever from Disney or Pixar in that country. In Japan, it has earned more than $75 million and is the second highest grossing Disney animated release ever. Baymax and team are the second biggest Disney or Pixar animated movie ever released in Korea and Russia, and it’s the biggest animated release of all time in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Last weekend, Big Hero 6 surpassed Tangled to become the third biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios release ever globally, behind only Frozen and The Lion King. It is also Walt Disney Animation Studios’ third biggest domestic release of all time.
All-in-all a pretty good showing for a movie that hasn’t gotten much love in the theme parks. Certainly not as much as Disney’s Frozen has received. Yes, some of that is based on demand. There aren’t 1000’s of little kids running around dressed like Big Hero 6 characters like there are Elsa and Anna’s. But hey, I haven’t seen racks of Big Hero 6 costumes in the parks and stores either.