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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

the frozen crew looks out into the distance Walt Disney Animation Studios

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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