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.
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.
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.