Disney has always been a powerhouse when it comes to producing animated movies. In recent years, they have ventured into making live-action movies especially now that they have both acquired Marvel and the Star Wars franchise.
The company is known to produce good quality movies that cater to children and young adults. They are also the same movies adults come to love. Most, if not all, Disney movies have broken box office records.
They rake in millions of dollars of profit after their release. These movies have a certain formula and appeal to the general audience. Up next we’re going to tell you the highest-grossing Disney movies of all time.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron is the second installment of the Avengers franchise. This time, the team, led by Captain America, confronts a sentient being known as Ultron that was created by Iron Man himself out of his guilt in protecting Earth from another attack.
Soon, Ultron reinvents himself into an indestructible cyborg and gathers armies of robots to enact a catastrophic incident that would kill millions of people. Many critics think that the sequel was sub-par.
They say that considering how tightly woven the narrative of the original movie was, millions of people still went out to theaters to see how the Avengers would be able to stop this menace and how it connects to the overall arch of the franchise.
Those millions of eyeballs soon came together to pronounce that is one of the best Disney movies of all time and made around $1.3 billion worldwide.
The next on the list is another sequel from a fan-favorite movie – Frozen. Frozen II follows the story of Anna and Elsa as they set on a journey to discover how Elsa’s powers came to be when she begins to hear voices that call out to her.
They travel beyond the realms of Arendelle together with the lovable snowman Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven. The sequel was released in November 2019 and became a massive hit reaching up to $1.4 billion worldwide.
The animated film was the third highest-grossing film of that year and was the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time. The movie was also nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.
After nearly a decade of building up hype by telling the stories of individual members of the team as separate movies, it was time for the Avengers to assemble. The movie gathers Earth’s mightiest heroes as they stop the Chitauri forces led by
Thor’s adoptive brother, Loki from invading Earth. Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow together with Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and Hawkeye join forces to defend Earth, however, they do not know is that there is a lurking figure behind the shadows.
Released in 2012, The Avengers became a box office phenomenon when all of the heroes gathered for the first time. It was one of the most anticipated films of all time.
That’s all thanks to how Marvel-Disney built the story and the hype around the characters. In the end, it was all worth it as the movie earned $1.5 billion worldwide and with raving reviews from both fans and critics.
The Lion King
This 2019 live-action version of The Lion King follows the story of Simba. We see his journeys through the land of Africa alongside his friends to reclaim the throne as King from his uncle, Scar who murdered his father when he was young.
The live-action movie follows the same story as the original animated movie released in 1994. There are even claims that the movie was a shot-for-shot copy of the original movie.
Needless to say, The Lion King garnered $1.6 billion amidst critics calling the live-action movie bland and lifeless. Fans came in droves to support the film and ultimately became one of the top highest-grossing Disney films of all time.
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War was supposed to be a two-part movie but the studio later changed the name of the next film that immediately follows Infinity War. In this movie, the Avengers try to stop Thanos from collecting the last few Infinity Stones.
They are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spiderman, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Shuri, and Okoye as they fight to prevent the completion of the Infinity Gauntlet. However, Thanos was able to round up all the stones.
That left half of the universe to disappear in a cloud of dust in just one snap of the gauntlet. Infinity War was the prologue of what was supposed to be the culmination of the Infinity Saga of the Avengers franchise.
With so much anticipation on what the Avengers would do against Thanos, the movie earned $2 billion at the box office making it the third-highest movie from Disney.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
After the announcement that Disney would be taking over the Star Wars franchise in 2012, the company decided to move forward with a new set of sequels. The plan was to introduce new characters and pay homage to the characters from the original trilogy.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow a similar pattern to A New Hope when we are introduced to a young orphan named Rey as she begins to learn more about herself and how she is connected with the Force.
Soon, she meets with an Empire defector and a Rebel pilot and together they race around the galaxy with the newly-built First Order under the leadership of Supreme Leader Snoke.
They then join the Resistance led by General Leia Organa from the original trilogy alongside her husband Han Solo to stop the First Order from activating the Starkiller Base and destroy the entire planet.
The movie achieved many great heights with its introduction of new characters and new fans to the world of Star Wars.
The Force Awakens garnered both praises and criticisms regarding the use of a similar formula to A New Hope. However, that did not stop the movie from earning almost $2 billion at the box office.
Avengers: Endgame concludes the Infinity Saga and is a direct follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War. The movie immediately follows the events after the fateful snap that eradicated half of the life in the universe.
The remaining Avengers are left reeling from the great loss as they scramble to find Thanos in hopes of undoing his actions. The movie was probably the most anticipated film to have ever been made.
Fans all over the world were truly excited for the closing chapter of this saga. Endgame was indeed the finale of a story that spanned almost ten years and fans went to theaters in droves to see how the Avengers would be able to defeat Thanos once and for all.
Major Box Office Hit
Avengers: Endgame became Disney’s all-time highest-grossing film with over $2.7 billion in total. The movie earned around $850 million at the domestic box office with around $1.9 billion on the international stage.
With such hype surrounding the movie, it was clear that Disney wanted to market the film to boost its sales and the fans were not disappointed by the movie.
With such quality in their movies, Disney continues to be a force within the film-making industry. Almost all of their most recent films have breached the billion-dollar mark but the ones listed above are the best movies.
The movies above reached astronomical numbers in their viewership and fan love. It seems that whatever Disney does resounds with the audiences and that’s why they’ve always got the most anticipated films every year.