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Disney says Frozen 2 is the biggest animated blockbuster of all time

Disney touts $1.3 billion box office total — but its Lion King remake did earn more

Princesses Elsa and Anna and their buddies Kristoff and Sven the reindeer stand together in Frozen II, looking off toward the horizon Walt Disney Animation Studios
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Disney says Frozen 2 is now the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, with a $1.325 billion box office haul (global) surpassing the first Frozen and 2018’s Incredibles 2.

“Animated feature” seems to be something of a subjective category; Disney’s announcement that Frozen 2 is the biggest animated global earner would exclude its own remake of The Lion King last year, a computer-animated adaptation of the 1994 classic done in a photorealistic style. That film, which screened from mid-July to mid-August, took in $1.65 billion globally.

Whatever the case, Disney still dominates the box office leaderboard for 2019. Frozen 2 is one of seven Disney movies to launch last year and gross $1 billion; it will soon be joined by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which Disney said on Sunday has sold $919 million worth of tickets. The Rise of Skywalker premiered Dec. 20.

All told, Disney launched seven of 2019’s 10 biggest earners, with all but Star Wars pulling in a billion (so far). Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home (No. 4), Warner Bros.’ Joker (No. 7) and Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (tenth) complete the top 10.

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