E-commerce site search specialists SLI Systems tracked more than 80 million searches across 17 websites selling Halloween costumes between September 1 and October 26.
They looked at holiday-specific stores, party purveyors and larger retail chains getting in on the annual action.
Data shows that costume shoppers are seeking far more wholesome options in 2014, with characters from Disney’s mega-hit Frozen the most-searched by a wide margin despite the film being almost a year old.
Halloween costume shoppers are seeking far more wholesome options in 2014, with characters from Disney’s mega-hit Frozen the most-searched by a wide margin
Top 15 most-searched Halloween costumes for 2014:
1. Frozen – 1,192,000 (includes searches Elsa, Olaf & other characters) 2. Zombie – 863,000 3. Ninja – 863,000 4. Pirate – 796,000 5. Clown – 659,000 6. Witch – 588,000 7. Vampire – 565,000 8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 536,000 9. Book of Life – 308,000 10. Flapper – 277,000 11. Batman – 251,000 12. Despicable Me – 233,000 13. Maleficent – 227,000 14. Monster High – 206,000 15. Star Wars – 148,000
Frozen has become the fifth highest-grossing movie in box office history.
The Disney’s animated movie, which was released in the US in November, has taken $1.219 billion worldwide, overtaking Iron Man 3‘s total haul.
It now stands behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, with $1.34 billion in global ticket sales.
Frozen has become the fifth highest-grossing movie in box office history
The feat comes two months after it was confirmed Frozen had become the highest-grossing animation in history.
The movie’s bumper haul has in part been due to its success in Japan, where Frozen has been number one at the box office for 11 consecutive weekends.
Some 15.6 million tickets for the movie – released as Anna to Yuki no Jou (Anna and the Snow Queen) – have been sold in the country, with many people reportedly watching both the original and Japanese dubbed version.
It is the third most successful Western movie in Japan, behind James Cameron’s Titanic and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone although it is predicted to overtake the latter film this week.
Frozen won two Oscars in March – best animated feature and best original song for Let It Go, sung by Idina Menzel.
Top 5 highest-grossing movies of all time:
Avatar – $2.78 billion
Titanic – $2.19 billion
Marvel’s The Avengers – $1.52 billion
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – $1.34 billion
Frozen has become the top-grossing animated film in box office history.
The Disney animation has now made $1.072 billion globally, beating Toy Story 3‘s previous record of $1.063 billion in 2010, according to Boxofficemojo.com.
Frozen, loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Snow Queen, opened in North America on November 27.
The musical film has made $398.4 million in North America plus $674 million at the global box office.
Frozen, which stayed in the top 10 in the US and Canada film chart for more than three months, is now also the 10th biggest grossing film in box office history.
Frozen has become the biggest animation of all time
The movie scooped two Oscars earlier this year, winning the awards for best animated feature and best original song.
However, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Frozen is facing stiff competition from Warner Bros and Village Roadshow’s The Lego Movie, which was released in February and has already made more than $400 million globally – the first film of 2014 to do so.
And TheLego Movie has not opened everywhere yet – it is due to be released in Australia on Thursday and in Germany next week.
Meanwhile, Frozen‘s soundtrack has also been a huge success – it is currently top of the US Billboard chart and sold 202,000 copies last week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
Top 10 animation films of all time:
1. Frozen – $1.072 billion (Disney)
2. Toy Story 3 – $1,063.2 million (Disney)
3. The Lion King – $987.5 million (Disney)
4. Despicable Me 2 – $970.8 million (Universal)
5. Finding Nemo – $936.7 million (Pixar)
6. Shrek 2 – $919.8 million (Dreamworks)
7. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – $886.7 million (Fox)
8. Ice Age: Continental Drift – $877.2 million (Fox)
9. Shrek the Third – $799 million (Dreamworks)
10. Shrek Forever After – $752.6 million (Dreamworks)
Frozen was the big winner at the 41st annual Annie Awards, taking five prizes including best animated feature.
The 3D film, which is nominated for two Oscars and won a Golden Globe last month, has taken more than $864 million around the world.
Frozen beat Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, A Letter to Momo, The Croods, Monsters University and The Wind Rises to win the main prize.
The Annie Awards are Hollywood’s top animation honors for both film and TV.
Frozen‘s other prizes were in the music and production design categories, as well as voice acting for Josh Gad’s Olaf the Snowman and best directing for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who also wrote the script.
Frozen was the big winner at the 41st annual Annie Awards, taking five prizes including best animated feature
Pixar won five awards, including two for Monsters University and three for an ABC special called Toy Story of TERROR.
DreamWorks Animation got three awards for its hit film The Croods, in the character animation, character design and animated effects categories.
The International Animated Film Society, which published the full list of winners on its website, also honored several live action films including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for character animation and Pacific Rim for animated effects.
Legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki won a writing Annie for The Wind Rises, which he has said will be his last film.
In the TV categories, Fox TV show Futurama won best general-audience animated show, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time was named best children’s show, while Disney’s Sofia the First was voted best show for pre-school children.
Steven Spielberg was honored for his exceptional contribution to animation, with manga artist and director Katsuhiro Otomo also among several winners of special awards.
Ride Along has topped the North American box office for a third consecutive week.
The film, starring Kevin Hart and rapper Ice Cube, took $12.3 million over the Super Bowl weekend, bringing its total domestic haul to $93 million.
Disney animation Frozen climbed back up the chart to two, benefitting from the release of a sing-along version.
The film has now taken more than $360 million in the US over 11 weeks.
Frozen is now the fourth highest-grossing animated release in the US.
Its soundtrack is currently number one in the Billboard 200, while its signature track Let It Go – sung by Idina Menzel – has been nominated for a best song Oscar, with the film itself up for best animated feature.
Ride Along has topped the North American box office for a third consecutive week
Zac Efron chick flick That Awkward Moment opened at number three earning $9 million.
Animated squirrel comedy The Nut Job fell one place to four, while Mark Wahlberg’s Afghanistan war drama Lone Survivor slipped three places to number five.
The only other entry in the top 10 was Labor Day at seven.
Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, the drama is an adaption of Joyce Maynard’s novel of the same name about an escaped convict who takes refuge in the home of a depressed single mother.
Next weekend’s release of 3D animation The Lego Movie is expected to knock Ride Along from the top spot.
Disney executives revealed that a Broadway musical based on highly-popular animated movie Frozen is in the works.
Frozen, which stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, has grossed $669 million at the worldwide box office and now movie bosses are hoping to capitalize on the surprise success of the film with a Broadway show.
A Broadway musical based on highly-popular animated movie Frozen is in the works
Disney CEO Bob Iger told Fortune.com: “This is for something bigger and longer … We’re not demanding speed. We’re demanding excellence.”
Frozen has returned to the top of the North American box office in its seventh week of release, according to early estimates.
The Disney animation knocked The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug off the top spot and into third place.
It is unusual for a film to go back to number one seven weeks after its release.
The last film to do so, according to box office tracker Rentrak, was The Passion of the Christ in 2004.
Frozen took $20.7 million over the weekend.
The next biggest film on the chart was horror offering, Paranormal Activity: The Marked One, which debuted at number two with $18.2 million.
Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, a possible Oscar contender, was at four.
Another awards hopeful, David O Russell’s crime caper American Hustle, rounded out the top five.
Frozen, which is very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, has now made more than $600 million worldwide.
That makes it the second-biggest Disney animation release after The Lion King.
Frozen has returned to the top of the North American box office in its seventh week of release
Kristen Bell voices the main character in Frozen, which was created by the same team behind 2010 Disney animation Tangled.
Frozen follows the relationship of Queen Elsa and her sister Princess Anna, who battles to save their kingdom when Elsa’s involuntary magical powers threaten to destroy it.
The freezing temperatures currently being experienced in some regions of North America are thought to have had some effect on box office takings.
Meanwhile, Stephen Frears’ Philomena saw its North American total gross creep up to about $20 million this weekend.
In its seventh weekend, Philomena took in $1.6 million from 607 locations. The film, starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, has enjoyed one of the strongest showings for an arthouse film released in 2013.
North American box office Top 5:
1.Frozen – $20.7 million
2.Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – $18.2 million
3.The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – $16.3 million
Frozen has topped the US box office chart in its second week of release.
According to early estimates, Frozen took $31.6 million over the weekend, with the Hunger Games: Catching Fire sequel slipping to second place with $27 million.
The only new wide release was Out of the Furnace, which took $5.3 million to earn third place.
The steel-town drama stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck.
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man rounded out the top five.
Despite opening in just four cinemas the Coen brothers’ latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, scored one of the year’s highest per-cinema averages, taking $100,500.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom continued to play in four cinemas in its second week of limited release, averaging $19,400 per cinema.
Frozen has topped the US box office chart in its second week of release
Producer Harvey Weinstein has said he will not alter the film’s release date to take advantage of Nelson Mandela’s death to boost sales for his biopic.
The film is due to be rolled out to about 850 cinemas on Christmas Day.
With Oscar season approaching, the website stated Weinstein was “keen to shun” any suggestions he had acquired the film recently “with an eye to Mandela being close to his demise”, adding he had acquired the rights to make it in 1999.
The weekend was typically quiet placed between Thanksgiving and Christmas, however takings were still up 16.9% on last year.
Next week sees the release of Peter Jackson’s second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug.
The first, An Unexpected Journey, debuted with $84.6 million last year.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire has topped the US box office for a second week, while Disney’s Frozen opening has come at number two.
According to early estimates, the Hunger Games sequel took $110.2 million while Frozen took $93 million.
That figure made Frozen the biggest Thanksgiving opening ever.
Catching Fire and Frozen both beat the Thanksgiving box office record of $82.4 million set by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001.
Dave Hollis, Walt Disney executive vice president for distribution, said: “This was much more than we ever could have thought,” adding that it was the biggest-ever opening for one of its releases.
Disney’s Tangled opened during the Thanksgiving period in 2010, taking $68.7 million.
Frozen tells the story of a Scandinavian princess who tries to save her kingdom after the queen – her sister – accidentally uses her magic powers to freeze the country.
Disney’s action film Thor came in third with $15.5 million.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire has topped the US box office for a second week
Ensemble movie The Best Man Holiday took $11.1 million to claim fourth spot, while Homefront, written by Sylvester Stallone and starring Jason Statham, was the second highest new entry at five with $9.8 million.
But Spike Lee’s latest offering, Oldboy, failed to make a big dent on the chart, taking just $850,000.
Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, took $100,306 – but that will be considered a solid return given it only opened in four cinemas in New York and Los Angeles.
The North American box office took $294 million in total, another record, just beating last year’s five-day Thanksgiving takings of $290 million.