Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'Lion King' remake passes 'Frozen' as highest grossing animated film

'Lion King' remake passes 'Frozen' as highest grossing animated film

That total surpasses Disney's 2012 blockbuster Frozen ($1.276 billion) as the highest-grossing animated film ever, but the studio doesn't even consider it an animated film.

The Lion King has shattered the ice and emerged to become the highest-grossing animated film of all-time. The Lion King is now in its fourth week and is likely to enter into the list of top-earning movies of all time.

The Lion King, released in July and featuring photo-realistic graphics, reached a worldwide gross of over $1.3 billion at the box office over the weekend, placing it above Frozen's $1.2 billion gross. Which is a high accolade for a lacklustre remake of a great film whose large, distinguishing point is being animated in such a way that it is almost indistinguishable from reality, except for, y'know, all the talking animals. Director Jon Favreau's previous film, the live-action/animation hybrid, The Jungle Book, concluded its worldwide run with just under $1 billion.

He also said that calling The Lion King an animated movie is 'misleading as far as what the expectations might be'.

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For those wondering if The Lion King is a "live-action" or not, let us clarify that the remake is considered as a "photorealistic" computer-animated remake.

Domestically (in North America) The Lion King has earned 473.10 million dollars.

This is despite mixed reviews of the film.

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