The Lion King passes Frozen as the highest grossing animated movie of all time

Disney's photo-realistic animated adaptation of The Lion King has surpassed another box office milestone, becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time.

The Lion King earned another $20.2 million at the domestic box office in its fourth frame in theaters, bringing its domestic total to $473.3 million and its worldwide total to $1.337 billion.

That total surpasses Disney's 2012 blockbuster Frozen ($1.276 billion) as the highest-grossing animated film ever, but the studio doesn't even consider it an animated film.

Box office analysts Exhibitor Relations tweeted on Sunday that Disney viewed The Lion King's total as passing a much different record.

'Disney stated that The Lion King ($1.335B) passed Beauty and the Beast ($1.264B) to become "the highest grossing Disney live action release of all-time,"' ERC's senior media analyst Jeff Bock said.

The debate over whether The Lion King is live-action or animated has been going on for months, and it seems Disney is still refusing to say it's an animated movie.

This could make things interesting when it comes time for awards season, to see if Disney will continue insisting it's not an animated film, and not put it in contention for animated film awards.

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