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March 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Overseas, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, starring Chris Evans, stormed the box office with an amazing $75.2 million, catching Noah in its wake. Noah’s international haul was $33.6 million. As auspicious a start as that may seem, it was nevertheless $5 million behind last year’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which debuted with more than $80 million. The Captain America sequel is due to arrive in America on Friday. Meanwhile, the third weekend of Frozen in Japan brought in $8.52 million, bringing its 17-day total in that country to $51.2 million. That was enough to push the total worldwide box office for the movie past the $1-billion mark to $1.07 billion, making it the most successful animated movie in history and the tenth most successful movie of any kind. The previous animated box office champ was 2010’s Toy Story 3,which earned $1.06 billion in worldwide sales. Discussing the success of Frozen, its producer, Peter Del Vechio, credited the arrival six years ago of John Lasseter as chief creative officer for both Pixar and Disney Animation. “Something changed fundamentally” when Lasseter came aboard, Del Vechio told the Hollywood Reporter. “The biggest change is that [Disney] is becoming a filmmaker-driven studio. The filmmakers are responsible for making the decision. Oftentimes the decisions can be made outside of the film, which aren’t necessarily best for the film itself.”