Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee's "Frozen 2" has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, setting a record by becoming the sixth Disney release of the year to do so and the eighth title of 2019 over all.
The Walt Disney Animation project has grossed $366.5 million in the US and $666 million internationally, taking the worldwide total to $1.032 billion, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
Set in the fantastical land of Arendelle, "Frozen" is a story of two sisters Elsa and Anna who are on a path of finding acceptance and love, while trying to save their kingdom infused with heart-touching music and emotions. Elsa is struggling to accept her magical icy powers and effervescent Anna is trying to find a bond with her sister.
"Frozen 2" brought back their story as they go on a quest to find their own identity, by tracing their past and piecing it together with their present. "Frozen 2" released in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on November 22.
In 2013, "Frozen" grossed $1.28 billion at the global box office, and became the top-grossing animated film of all time. It also won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
The film's voice cast includes Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Santino Fontana, Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown.
Globally, the film is leading in China with $111.5 million, followed by South Korea ($85.4 million) -- where "Frozen 2" is now the top-grossing animated title of all time, then in Japan ($67.3 million), the UK ($49.6 million), Germany ($39.9 million) and France ($37 million).
The other 2019 members of the billion-dollar club are "Avengers: Endgame", which is also the top-grossing film of all time with $2.79 billion globally, "The Lion King" ($1.65 billion), "Spider-Man: Far From Home" ($1.31 billion), "Captain Marvel" ($1.12 billion), "Toy Story 4" ($1.07 billion), "Joker" ($1.06 billion) and "Aladdin" ($1.05 billion). Most of the films in the list were released by Disney, except for Sony Pictures Entertainment's "Spider-Man" movie and Warner Bros. project based on a DC comic character -- "Joker".
Mumbai, Jan 28 (IANS) Automobile major Maruti Suzuki India on Tuesday reported a rise of 5.1 per cent in its standalone net profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2019.
According to Maruti Suzuki, the net profit during the quarter under review increased to Rs 1,564.8 crore, from Rs 1,489.3 crore during the corresponding period of the previous year.
"Net profit for the quarter stood at Rs 15,648 million, higher by 5.1 per cent compared to the same period previous year on account of cost reduction efforts, lower operating expenses, lower commodity prices and reduction in corporate tax rate, partially offset by higher sales promotion expenses, higher depreciation, and lower fair value gains on invested surplus," the company said in a statement here.
Besides, the company's net sales rose by 3.8 per cent to Rs 19,649.1 crore compared to the same period previous year.
The auto major blamed the combination of several adverse factors such as adverse commodity prices and adverse foreign exchange rates, among others, which impacted profits.
The company sold a total of 428,643 vehicles during the quarter, higher by 2 per cent compared to the same period previous year.
"Sales in the domestic market stood at 413,698 units, higher by 2 per cent. Exports were at 23,663 units," the statement said.