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The still-hot "Frozen" has joined the billion-dollar box-office club. 

Disney's animated fairy tale musical is expected to pass $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales on Sunday, according to studio estimates.  

"Frozen," which was released wide in the United States and Canada in late November, has generated $388.7 million in box-office revenue from those two countries, while overseas sales have reached $611.5 million. 

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The long-running picture is nominated for two Oscars, which air Sunday night. The nods include best original song for "Let it Go" by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and best animated feature. 

In the best animated feature category, it faces "Despicable Me 2," "The Croods," "The Wind Rises" and "Ernest & Celestine."

Not adjusting for ticket-price inflation, "Frozen" is the second-highest-grossing animated movie ever, behind "Toy Story 3," and is the top animated non-sequel. 

Released in 2010, "Toy Story 3" hauled in $1.06 billion. 

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In foreign release, the movie is running in 35 countries, led by South Korea with a gross of $76.2 million. The United Kingdom has accounted for $63.5 million, followed by Germany with $47.7 million.

The movie still has yet to open in one foreign market: Japan. 

Other Disney movies that have reached $1 billion globally include "The Avengers," "Iron Man 3," the second and fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” films,  “Toy Story 3” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

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