The Lion King becomes the highest-grossing animated film of all time

  • The Lion King becomes the highest-grossing animated film of all time

The Lion King becomes the highest-grossing animated film of all time

Animated or not, The Lion King is now the second highest grossing film of 2019 at both the domestic ($473.3 million) and global ($1.337 billion) box office.

The latest victory is The Lion King, which, as Cinema Blend reports, with a worldwide gross of over $1.3 billion, has now beaten Frozen as the (not adjusted for inflation) highest earning animated film release of all time. This also makes The Lion King the #12 movie of all time according to Box Office Mojo.

He also said that calling The Lion King an animated movie is 'misleading as far as what the expectations might be'. Director Jon Favreau's previous film, the live-action/animation hybrid, The Jungle Book, concluded its worldwide run with just under $1 billion. James Earl Jones reprises his role from the original film as Mufasa.

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. It might look real, but it is still animated. The latest worldwide box office numbers, not adjusted for inflation, show it leading every other animated film.

The Lion King earned $473.1 million in the U.S. while it collected a whopping $861.5 million overseas. The movie holds a 52 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation site. The Lion King recorded the second-biggest collection in China.