“Frozen II” to be a financial juggernaut for Disney

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Sequels are lucrative for Disney; Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory (2016) garnered more than a billion dollars at the box office, Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2 (2018) holds the top ever opening for an animated movie in North America, and Frozen IIIncredibles 2, and Josh Cooley’s Toy Story 4 (2019) are all in the top three Atom Tickets pre-sales for animated flicks. (Image Courtesy: CNBC).

Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s Frozen II  (2019) is projected to be Disney’s sixth billion-dollar release of 2019; the studio has already earned more than eight billion dollars globally since January, breaking the record it set in 2016, according to CNBC. The film is estimated to make anywhere between a hundred twenty million and a hundred forty million its opening weekend, having already sold the most advance tickets on Atom Tickets of all time for an animated picture. Analysts say the coming-of-age sequel will pick up not long after its parent feature leaves off, with the cast of characters leaving Arendelle to save their kingdom.

Disney recruits top Netflix executive for new streaming service

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Disney+, which is scheduled to launch November 12, will be a commercial-free monthly subscription at seventy dollars a year, offering up new and old series and films from beloved franchises. (Image Courtesy: CNBC).

Walt Disney announced Tuesday they had hired Matt Brodlie, the director of the original film division at Netflix, to lead international content development for their forthcoming family-friendly steaming service, Disney+, according to CNBC. Under Brodlie’s leadership, Netflix released Susan Johnson’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) as well as Alex Richanbach’s Ibiza (2018), and it also picked up Academy Award darlings like Dee Rees’s Mudbound (2017) and Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma (2018). As part of his new position with Disney, Brodlie will arbitrate which properties need to be produced or acquired for Disney+ customers outside the United States.