The Lion King has edged out Frozen as the highest-grossing animated film of all time, more proof that Disney's monopoly is inescapable and nothing matters. https://t.co/qIkiVtx41E pic.twitter.com/UHJzkSyhQJ— io9 (@io9) August 11, 2019
- disney's domination of the box office continues as it unseats itself for another history making metric; an unending series of victories over itself as the film industry grows smaller and smaller.
- with a worldwide gross of over $1.3 billion (not adjusted for inflation), the lion king is officially the highest earning animated film release of all time. which is a high accolade for a lackluster remake of a great film whose large, distinguishing point is being technically animated in such a way that it is nearly indistinguishable from reality, except for, y’know, all the talking animals.
- now that disney owns fox, lucasfilm, marvel, pixar, and is controlling almost all of the largest film franchises around, without government interference or a massive paradigm shift makes their power irrelevant it's going to be disney vs. disney vs. disney; controlling box office profits with an endless deluge of massive films that other studios just don’t have the resources or cultural cache to match.
- for what it’s worth, similarly to aladdin, the lion king's significant success is due in large part to the worldwide box office, where the film made almost twice as much as it did domestically, proving that disney’s remakes, even when they don’t make a huge dent in american culture, are at least somewhat compelling to non-american markets.
- to note, the remaining three of the top five grossing animated movies are rounded out by incredibles 2, minions, and toy story 3; two of which are owned and produced by disney.
ontd, have you decided to stop fighting and learned to love the bomb?
(be honest, most of you wouldn't get the original reference, but love the now disney owned one)