Frozen 2 Is Now The Highest-Grossing Animated Movie Of All Time … If You Ignore The Lion King

by Jeremy Spirogis
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For the final time, is The Lion King 2019 an animated film or not? I believed we had settled this with a solution of sure, and it is being handled that approach on the awards circuit up to now, however now I’m confused once more. About 5 months in the past, The Lion King made headlines throughout the net for dethroning Frozen because the highest-grossing animated film of all time. But now right here we’re in January 2020 and Frozen 2 is getting the identical headlines throughout the net — though its field workplace is considerably decrease than The Lion King.

As of this weekend, Frozen 2 has made $1,325,176,364 worldwide. That is rather a lot. And it definitely does high the $1,276,219,009 of Frozen, which got here out in 2013. It additionally tops Incredibles 2, which got here near briefly having the animated title with $1,242,805,359.

However, The Lion King continues to be the king with $1,656,821,650 worldwide. But is it “animated”? The 2019 Lion King is billed as a “photorealistic computer-generated remake” of the historically animated 1994 film.

Granted, Frozen 2 is much from completed. It’s nonetheless making huge cash on the home field workplace and world wide. It may legitimately cross The Lion King later in 2020. But for now, I’m undecided whether or not to offer it the brand new title or not.

It might look like splitting hairs, since Disney will get bragging rights both approach, however every film’s particular person crew additionally get pats on the again. Plus, two films cannot each be the highest-grossing animated film of all time! (It is cool that they each got here out in 2019. Just an excellent 12 months for animation, and Disney usually.)

The Golden Globe Awards are tonight (Sunday, January 6) and Frozen II and The Lion King are competing in opposition to one another within the Best Motion Picture, Animated class.

So The Lion King is taken into account animation throughout the awards circuit and in lots of different locations, though it has additionally been described as “live-action.” Yes, there’s one “real” shot within the film, as director Jon Favreau identified. But in any other case, pc animation continues to be animation, no? (For what it is price, Disney’s awards consideration web page has each The Lion King and Frozen 2 instructed for Best Picture however solely Frozen 2 additionally for Best Animated Feature.)

It’s a bizarre scenario. If you are curious, here is the present high 10 for animated films (up to now for Frozen 2, and never adjusted for inflation):

1. The Lion King (2019) – $1,657,713,458 (in the event you contemplate The Lion King as qualifying)
2. Frozen II – $1,325,176,364
3. Frozen – $1,276,219,009
4. Incredibles 2 – $1,242,805,359
5. Minions – $1,159,398,397
6. Toy Story 4 – $1,073,394,593
7. Toy Story 3 – $1,067,969,703
8. Despicable Me 3 – $1,035,799,409
9. Finding Dory – $1,029,570,889
10. Zootopia – $1,024,784,195

At any price, Frozen 2 is now being hailed throughout the net as the brand new champion, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The Lion King can both battle for the throne or enable that the entire “live action” vs. “animated” debate clouded the difficulty an excessive amount of. I believe Jon Favreau is having a ok 12 months, between The Lion King and The Mandalorian, that he could not care much less if his movie is taken into account the highest of this class or not.

Interestingly sufficient, Frozen 2‘s VFX filmmakers had been simply saying they’d wish to be thought-about alongside live-action films in terms of awards.

I do know we’re not adjusting for inflation, however simply taking it Frozen 2 vs. The Lion King for this explicit animated title, who ought to get the credit score?

Which One Should Be Credited As The Highest-Grossing Animated Movie?

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