Disney's 2019 remake of the classic The Lion King has been named the highest-grossing animated movie of all time - despite Disney marketing the movie as "live-action". The film, which stars part-time pop singer Beyonce voicing the part of Nala, is based on the 1994 animated movie classic.

The sequel scored a staggering $1.34 billion in the worldwide box office, surpassing Disney's 2013 blockbuster Frozen, which earned $1.276 billion and was previously the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

With ticket sales of over $1.3 billion, The Lion King roared past Beauty and the Beast to claim the throne as the highest-earning animated film ever.

But critics grumble that the studio marketed the movie as "live action", therefore it shouldn't qualify as an animated cartoon.

Box office analysts Exhibitor Relations argued the point in a tweet on Sunday:

"Disney stated that The Lion King ($1.33B) passed Beauty and the Beast ($1.264B) to become "the highest grossing Disney live action release of all-time. Um. So this was live-action?"

The Lion King is currently the second highest grossing movie of 2019, behind Avengers: Endgame, which was recently named the highest grossing movie of all time.

Beyonce is credited as the main box office draw for the live-action film. But it wasn't a win across the board for the 37-year-old singer. Her album, The Lion King: The Gift, flopped at the box office.

Beyonce may be the current box office queen, but low album sales perhaps signal the end of Beyonce's reign at the top of the music charts.

Photos by Getty Images, WENN.com

  • LiteSkinThang

    I wouldn’t expect anything less, being as tho the Queen B was involved in it!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    These are my least fav pics of B.

  • Bushbabe

    Blue Ivy is looking just like her daddy but in a good way. She has camels looks but she is the prettier version of him. What a beautiful soul.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Ni Ni

    I'm no fan, but Beyonce has that midas touch.

  • iWasteTime

    Her album, The Lion King: The Gift, flopped at the box office.
    --------------------------
    Huh?

    That album is lit! All her fans can't relate to it though. There are at least 2 songs that make me want to turn up and cry because they are so beautiful. This album was truly a Gift to her melanin fans

  • iWasteTime

    Sir looks like he tear shat up!!!!

  • Kanyade

    So it surpassed the animated version? Wow.

    Congrats. All that money for Pumba to look like a crackhead.

  • Kanyade

    Aw, he so precious.

  • SpiceGirl
  • iWasteTime

    lolol I thought the same then I googled warthogs and said OH.
    Who knew https://media2.giphy.com/media/U6Fxnc2jTlBh2GKCTU/giphy.gif

  • Kanyade

    She does, indeed. Part of this victory has to be attributed to her attachment and presence in film. Jon Favreau and Disney and 'nem knew that which is why they ignored those who might've bemoaned her casting as Nala.

  • Starburst

    I love Beyonce's look. Btw, saw Lion King musical on Broadway. But, it did not wow me although it's one of the longest Broadway musicals with numerous awards to boot. I felt the story line has been told many times before but in different settings. The music was exciting, just as the music is spectacular with the animated Lion King the movie. I don't think I'll watch it, but great to read that it's the highest animated movie of all time.

  • Kanyade

    I mean, full disclosure, I haven't seen the movie in full, just clips and Pumba looks like he attracts flies, but not in a cute way like in the cartoon. LOL

  • Starburst

    In agreement, the entire album is lit.

  • Carrington

    I have heard very little about the film. I kept saying I was gonna go see it and then forgot that it existed until this post... eh. I have a feeling I'll be bored and would rather watch it at home so that I can fold laundry or something while I watch.

    It would've probably made more had it been a cartoon - that's just my belief. Kids want to see cartoons, not national geographic and, because I loved the cartoon so much - my grown a$$ wanted it to be one too.

  • Gloria

    Disney doesn’t take any Ls, even when their projects are mediocre. I saw the movie and was so underwhelmed. Would’ve walked out but I was the one who paid to see it ?

  • Kanyade

    I never intended to see it, but then again, I rarely go to the movies. Only for the big blockbusters I really want to see --- and not all of those. (Missed out on the newest Spiderman). But I will "rent" the feature.

  • Carrington

    This film was going to do well whether they put Beyoncé or, Judy the sister who went upstairs and never came back down on Family Matters, in it.
    People took their kids to see a film that they loved also. Grown folk went to see it because we loved the original. I doubt very seriously if this film did well because of who was voicing the characters.

  • Gloria

    Facts. Disney doesn’t need Beyonce to make money from this film. It was going to happen regardless.

  • ShWa

    Had to throw a negative in there aye?.........

  • Alextra Ballard

    Hmmmm,ok???

  • Wreckognize Game

    I went to see Lion King on broadway with a work group and I didn’t like it. I was not a fan of seeing the artists working the animal characters. I’ll have to stick with Fences and Raisin in the Sun type plays.

  • Wreckognize Game

    My daughter said she hated the hyenas and it needed Whoopi. I haven’t seen it.

  • JustLookn
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Absolutely is! I LOVE Beyonces natural look too!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    And pulls hair?

  • JustLookn

    I agree, but it's always great when you have a party and they throw in alcohol. WOOOOAHHH not that's a party https://media3.giphy.com/media/QXPmPdudTz4So2P4OQ/giphy.gif

  • RespectSelf

    Good for them... I think I'm going to wait until it hits cable lol

  • JustLookn

    They all do. Hey girlfriend.

  • JustLookn

    Same here, My brother took our nephew. He's 4 he said it was great! He said he saw Simba in real life...4 year talk.....Told me I should have went. HA HA HA

  • Carrington

    I WAS going to the movies regularly when they came up with that $80 per year and you could go see unlimited movies. I would go to the theater across the street from my house on my way home, buy a ticket for a black movie and then go home. Sometimes, if I saw some coloreds, I'd give the ticket to them or, if I saw some kids about to buy a ticket to a movie, I'd ask what they were about to see and then purchase the ticket for them and hand it to them.

    Then, them a$$wipes sent an email, "due to overwhelming demand... you can only see three movies per week..." then another email, "Due to overwhelming overwhelming demand, subscribers can only see ONE movie per week..."... then, "Due to the fact that you MFs ignorant ASF and don't know how to act, coupled with the fact that we didn't think this $hit through... you can only see one movie, at certain times, and certain movies you can't see at all!"

    So, I quit that b*tch.

  • Guest

    Him so cute!

  • Starburst

    Glad to read I wasn't the only one not in awe of Lion King the musical. I didn't see Fences or Raisin in the Sun, but I have seen many other musicals that are more tomy liking such as Aida, The Color Purple, and many others that were my top favorites in comparison to Lion King the musical.

  • Kanyade

    LOL. Yeah a coworker of mine had something called MoviePass?? But then that went bellyup or whatever so she doesn't go as much as before. I love the fact that you would give out tickets and purchase tickets for others.

  • Dontgetdraggedputa??

    Won on a lie
    Thats so disney and beyonce too actually
    How is that movie a cartoon?
    Anyway happy tuesday roses

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    I totally forgot it was in theaters...Will wait for it to be on google play. ...BTW: don't waste your money on the movie "KITCHEN" it is an SNL skit for the big screen. However on a more positive note: Tiffany Haddish should play Cupcake in the movie adaption of Pieces of Cake. Someone let her know please.

  • Gloria

    Computer generated imagery (CGI) is animation

  • PLEASEDontTellMe
  • iWasteTime

    Hey Sis!!
    Hope all is well!

  • Carrington

    That's it!! MoviePass. I couldn't remember the name of it!

  • Facts and Receipts

    Tired of hearing about this movie.

  • Renee26

    Congrats to them!!

  • Junkanoo

    I like animation and stop motion films but I prefer orginal story lines so wouldn't watch this I didn't watch the orginal when it first came out my social life was popping back then. It's summer schools out so it's no shocker the film made bank the bench mark of a good film isn't how much it makes at the box office but did it hold my attention did I forget about the minute I left the theater

  • Lady_Elle

    I meant to go see this movie!
    Sandra can be soooooooooooo shady! smh

  • MrsSpice1

    Something fishy about that?!! I dont hear or see any kids talking about this movie AT ALL nor any adults and im around kids all the time!!! Now when frozen came out kids everywhere were singing that damn frozen song drove me almost insane ...but lion king??...I honestly believe Beyoncés team helped and paid for them sales to sky rocket like that. The industry is shady and crooked af i hardly believe anything they put out as top this or breaking record that....we all know “the queen” dont like to loose. And the soundtrack sound wack too... sorry!

  • KcoolMuziq
  • MsPam

    Only dummies went to see this movie to only hear that country bumpkin talk.

  • starbright9449

    After all of the complaining about Beyonce voicing someone a character people saying they won't go see it because of her but it still made bank. I knew they still went and saw it.

  • MsPam

    I was looking at Tina Knowles on Instagram, she’s not aging well.

  • Dowoop

    I credit nostalgia for the ticket sales. ?

  • Starburst

    Mmmm good point! Usually, you hear talk about a good movie from friends, neighbors, kids, etc. Crickets.

  • Dowoop

    I heard quite a bit of adults talk about it and was excited about it. Kids however... Not one.

  • AphroKween

    I enjoyed the music.

  • Kimberly King

    Baddie Bey ain't had a #1 hit since 2009. And that's facts ! Look it up. Chile I could have been told y'all her musical reign was a wrap. Unfortunately, the true Queen is busy selling panties, makeup, and high priced fashion. Hopefully her ass comes out with a new album by the end of the year. I'm tired.

  • AphroKween

    I enjoyed the music lineup. Thumbs up bey!

  • Dowoop

    Oh I didn't watch this. I rewatched the cartoon version instead.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Do not get dragged today. Thanks!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    This is awesome. Where is all the haters who said Bey didn't do well on this album??

  • Miss Thang

    I mean, it’s the Lion King. Of course people are going to see it.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Shady? All I did was report the facts.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I think she just gained weight again.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    My favorite from the movie was Timon and Pumbaa if we wanna get technical. They had me weak!!! I like Beyoncé but I did not like her in Lion King. Her voice was too monotone or something like I could tell she was reading from a script. I went to see the movie because it brought back memories from my childhood. That's it and that's all.

  • Kimberly King

    Chile. Can't nobody drag the dragger. Try again

  • Just Me

    Yep, Rhi Rhi is the real MVP! That girl is a go getter for sure!

  • Just Me

    Right I agree with your whole post! Spot on!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    The money most of these animated films take in is amazing! No surprise with the Lion King, it a kids and family favorite that’s generational! I heard the cinematography was awesome!

    I don’t think it really mattered, which music or film star was in this picture, it’s gold whether on Broadway, in theaters, or streaming!

  • exlurker

    Well done...,

  • MsSapphire9800

    Disney movies always...make the top sales regardless of who are the voices or actors. They could had hired a bunch of new actors and it would still have high sales. Children love anything Disney put out.

  • LoneWolf1986

    Wasn't Taylor Swift the highest paid entertainer last year?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Nothing wrong with that!

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    For some reason I don't believe this. They are 3rd in the box office this week. And the movie Avatar was around for weeeeeks before getting that title so.... I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is just PR bs. Yep, I'm gonna go with that.

  • LoneWolf1986

    Maybe its pr, but more US movies are doing better overseas than nationally, plus I don't think these numbers are adjusted for inflation.

  • JustLookn

    He SISTA - Trying to live this best life folks say is trending. CHILE LOL

    Hope all is well....I'm still trying to get that big win

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Like I said.

  • Nina Ross

    It was a remake, people have been watching the lion king for decades

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Chile boo, why even compare the two. They both doing good. Beyoncé is the overall queen. Riri is cute but Beyoncé is better. That’s that sweetie

  • RICHIE_RICH

    And it paid off. They love that country bumpkin sweetie

  • Not Today

    I don't believe it , it was garbage compared to the first.. all lies

  • Not Today

    Agreed

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Congrats, I see the usual haters are upset. The queen role wasn’t even that big in the lion king.

  • Kimberly King

    You're a nobody. So your words don't matter to me. So like *I* said. Can't nobody drag the dragger. K trick?

  • Kimberly King

    The TRUE QUEEN!

  • Kimberly King

    When did I compare the two? There's no comparison. Bey can't bang out hits like she use to. Her time is done. Enjoy her residency in Las Vegas. Nobody is better than Rihanna. How's ivy park doing ? Or that tired ass fashion line that her and mama Tina came out with ? Lmao she's not on Rih's level. The true queen ! I said what I said. Eat it up !

  • Cie Be

    Bwahahaha, I hear ya!

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Chile cheese even Ray Charles know that’s BS. Carry on you’re entitled to your opinion. Numbers don’t lie. FYI Beyoncé last number one was prefect with Ed Sheeran’s in 2017, While Rihanna was 2016 with drake for work. Knowledge is key sweetie

  • kennedy220

    beyonce said before her album titled 4 she wasn't that concerned with having hits anymore. love on top was a surprise hit...and she doesn't really put out radio friendly singles anymore so you can tell she doesnt care. formation was def not a pop radio song and pop pretty much determines if you have a hit or not. and none of her new music for the most part sounded like current radio...just saying

  • kennedy220

    lol

  • ………

    Who saw it? Who took their kids to see it?......... Just curious......... Bey is starting to look her like her real age..... Tina labor hours DOB. Beyhive sit your @$$ down in a corner. No one is hating. She's still beautiful... https://media3.giphy.com/media/zQbhdw5nf91wQ/giphy.gif

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Your mother is a trick bitch. You definitely see me as something with your jealous of Beyonce ass. Now carry that nasty butt to your man after he had the side chick. I am not the one hoe.

    I was only joking. Silly black rabbit.

  • Primo Levi

    Of course they do since they been brainwashed by them for decades not my kids tho!

  • Kimberly King

    ???????????????

  • Bam Bam Li

    Thank you!!! I literally know no one who went to see this film. Literally no one lol. Something sounds completely off, I watched it online...don't care, and it was awful ??

  • IChosetheBrownDollbaby

    So Beyonce stans go see her bit-part movies but don't buy her albums? It's the Lion King! It would have done well without her.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    I swear the term 'HATER" is so jjuvenile!! AN OPINION IS NOT JEALOUSY! This bish did NOTHING AMAZING!!! Everybody's is NOT WORSHIPPING THIS BEY!!! You are!! Call her up real quick let "haters" know if she answered!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    SHES A BILLIONAIRE NOW... Time to give the world her STOOPID AZZ TO KISS!! MONEY PAYS THE BOOKS
    BILLS BUT CAN NEVER BUY TRUE HAPPINESS! SHE BOUT TO " PUSH BABY #4 FROM HER SEWN IN WOMB! AND LIVE BY THE #4 SORCERY CRAP!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    SHES A BILLIONAIRE NOW... Time to give the world her STOOPID AZZ TO KISS!! MONEY PAYS THE BOOKS
    BILLS BUT CAN NEVER BUY TRUE HAPPINESS! SHE BOUT TO " PUSH BABY #4 FROM HER SEWN IN WOMB! AND LIVE BY THE #4 SORCERY CRAP!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    No! Rhi is a smarter happier WOMAN WHO IS LIVING A LIFE AGE APPROPRIATELY AND ON HER OWN TERMS UNLIKE BEY CONTROLED AZZ! FOH! since WHEN IS ENTERTAINER A QUEEN?? CHILDEBYYEEE!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    No! Rhi is a smarter happier WOMAN WHO IS LIVING A LIFE AGE APPROPRIATELY AND ON HER OWN TERMS UNLIKE BEY CONTROLED AZZ! FOH! since WHEN IS ENTERTAINER A QUEEN?? CHILDEBYYEEE!

  • Myopinion

    Good for them and whatever they call it, live, animation it doesn't matter...Good for Tina daughter a-nem.

  • Myopinion

    Good for them and whatever they call it, live, animation it doesn't matter...Good for Tina daughter a-nem.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Oh she is hence the reason she went to rehab!

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Oh she is hence the reason she went to rehab!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    She looks OLDER! BET SHE SOMEHOW PUSH OUT BABY #4 FROM HER CAREFULLY STITCHED IN WOMB! She reached her Plateu and is now a BILLIONAIRE! She appears irritated as if she living her life everyway but the way SHE WANTS! She's been a puppet for her family for so long.. Jay is repulsive looking. HE NOT SEXY AT ALL. HIS BODY ISN'T EVEN SEXY AS TO ACCOMODATE HIS UGLY MUG. Say what y'all want.. THIS GIRL NEEDS A REPREIVE !!! Seems like her momma is out here funning it, being seen runningr her mouth and as Bey said about her mother filming and posting privaye moment "she is so annoying" ?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    She looks OLDER! BET SHE SOMEHOW PUSH OUT BABY #4 FROM HER CAREFULLY STITCHED IN WOMB! She reached her Plateu and is now a BILLIONAIRE! She appears irritated as if she living her life everyway but the way SHE WANTS! She's been a puppet for her family for so long.. Jay is repulsive looking. HE NOT SEXY AT ALL. HIS BODY ISN'T EVEN SEXY AS TO ACCOMODATE HIS UGLY MUG. Say what y'all want.. THIS GIRL NEEDS A REPREIVE !!! Seems like her momma is out here funning it, being seen runningr her mouth and as Bey said about her mother filming and posting privaye moment "she is so annoying" ?

  • Rita

    That's the reason,why I didn't see it..because people KEPT saying she sound like she was reading from the script...

  • Cali

    LMFAO @ the miserable deplorables who just can’t deal ??

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    PUPPETS CAN'T TAKE!

  • nick c

    It's inflation I can't believe what they charge for movie tickets and like you say even the WORST movies can break even with overseas sells.

  • Just Me

    Lol.... you missed the WHOLE point.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Scram!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    You are one

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    You are who?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    LMFAO.... I CAME BACK SPECIFICALLY CAUSE I KNEW, THIS OVERUSED, PROGRAMMED, SIMPLE MINDED, GHETTO TERM RETORT, WOULD BE USED AS A REPLY! LMBAO!!! CHIIIIIIILE!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Hunty SHE TIRED! HER BRAIN CELLS never worked on their own. She is the female PINOCCHIO AND THE men in her life are GIPPETTO's. Gimmick and LIES... EVERY SINCE she went Solo it's been a NO NO for me. What kills me is that SHE A JANET & MICHAEL FAN YET she FORGOT THE INSULT SHE SLUNG ON LIVEL TV when asked about the Jackson.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I just need y’all to have the same energy for white women to.

  • ThatNigerianGirl

    She is a very beautiful woman.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Look here slim...IMA BLACK WOMAN TALKING ABOUT A NOTHER BLACK PERSON ON THIS BLACK BLOG... IDGAF about Nan white woman. WE DONE BASHED THE KARTRASHIANS/JENNERS, MILEYS, PARIS HILTON, HILLARIES AND SOME MORE OTHERS... AND NOW WHEN IT COME TO THIS AUTOPSY BREATH OVERRATED , LYING HEIFER WE SUPPOSE TO STEP BACK. HELL I GET TALKED ABOUT BY MY OWN FAMILY.. NOBODY IS ABOVE SCRUTINY AS FAR MY OPINION IS CONCERNED... GTFOH!

  • Maxx

    You had me at 'autopsy breath!!!' LMFAO.

  • YES I SAID IT…

    I said this b4 and I will say it gain. It has nothing to do with Beyonce being Nala or her singing. The Lion King was and is still a great well put together animated movie.