‘The Lion King’ Is Now Disney’s Highest-Grossing Animated Film Of All Time

Move over, “Frozen”. The king has returned.

“The Lion King” is now Disney’s highest-grossing animated film of all time, thanks to an impressive $1.33 billion haul at the worldwide box office — a number that will keep rising as the film continues to screen in theatres.

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Not traditionally animated but not quite a live-action movie, the genre-stretching photorealistic “Lion King” surpassed “Frozen”‘s $1.28 billion in ticket sales.

Without adjustments for inflation, “The Lion King” is now also Disney’s most successful remake, topping the $1.26 billion “Beauty And The Beast” pulled in in 2017 and coming out on top of the studio’s two other 2019 remakes; “Aladdin” scored $1.03 billion in ticket sales while “Dumbo” failed to take off, earning $352 million at the global box office.

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The success of “The Lion King”, which features the voices of Beyonce, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, is good news for Disney. The company posted a $170-million operating loss in the third fiscal quarter this year, mostly attributed to the poor box office performance of films acquired in the merger with Fox, including “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”.

Disney will likely have another smash hit when “Frozen 2” gives “The Lion King” a run for the highest-grossing title when it opens in theatres November 22.

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