10 Disney animated movies that beat 'The Lion King' remake at the US box office, after adjusting for inflation

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  • Disney declared this year's "The Lion King" remake as its biggest live-action release ever.
  • But it's closer to an animated movie than a live-action one.
  • We compared "The Lion King" to Disney's biggest animated movies at the domestic box office, adjusted for inflation.
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With $1.3 billion worldwide, Disney has declared its remake of "The Lion King" the company's "highest grossing live-action release of all time" (not including Marvel or "Star Wars"). But there are a few caveats that go with that honor.

There's not much "live action" about this year's "Lion King," a photorealistic version of the 1994 animated classic. In fact, there is only one shot in the movie that is truly "live-action," according the film's director.

READ MORE: 'The Lion King' remake is projected to far outpace the original at the box office in its opening weekend, but will face a tougher battle after

And with that in mind, is it even Disney's biggest animated movie ever?

It's difficult to fairly adjust worldwide box office totals for inflation since various international markets have grown so much over time. "The Lion King" surpassed "Frozen" in that regard as the biggest animated movie ever. But it's clear that "The Lion King" has a long way to go if it wants to surpass some classic Disney animated movies at the domestic box office, after adjusting for inflation.

We ranked Disney's biggest animated movies, including "The Lion King," by domestic box office, adjusted for inflation (based on data from Box Office Mojo). We excluded Pixar movies. We included the worldwide box office when available. Some movies' totals include multiple releases.

Below are 15 Disney animated movies, ranked by adjusted domestic box office:

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15. "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)

15. "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)

Adjusted domestic box office: $408,727,000

Original domestic box office: $218,967,620

Worldwide box office: $424,967,620

14. "Peter Pan" (1953)

14. "Peter Pan" (1953)

Adjusted domestic box office: $411,068,000

Original domestic box office: $87,404,651

13. "Frozen" (2013)

13. "Frozen" (2013)

Adjusted domestic box office: $441,859,600

Original domestic box office: $400,738,009

Worldwide box office: $1,276,480,335

12. "Aladdin" (1992)

12. "Aladdin" (1992)

Adjusted domestic box office: $472,505,500

Original domestic box office: $217,350,219

Worldwide box office: $504,050,219

11. "The Lion King" (2019)

11. "The Lion King" (2019)

Domestic box office (so far): $473,103,826

Worldwide box office (so far): $1,334,603,826

10. "Lady and the Tramp" (1955)

10. "Lady and the Tramp" (1955)

Adjusted domestic box office: $502,171,300

Original domestic box office: $93,602,326

9. "Cinderella" (1950)

9. "Cinderella" (1950)

Adjusted domestic box office: $543,315,900

Original domestic box office: $93,141,149

8. "Bambi" (1942)

8. "Bambi" (1942)

Adjusted domestic box office: $574,049,200

Original domestic box office: $102,247,150

7. "Pinocchio" (1940)

7. "Pinocchio" (1940)

Adjusted domestic box office: $607,304,000

Original domestic box office: $84,254,167

6. "Sleeping Beauty" (1959)

6. "Sleeping Beauty" (1959)

Adjusted domestic box office: $654,811,300

Original domestic box office: $51,600,000

5. "The Jungle Book" (1967)

5. "The Jungle Book" (1967)

Adjusted domestic box office: $663,856,000

Original domestic box office: $141,843,612

Worldwide box office: $205,843,612

4. "Fantasia" (1941)

4. "Fantasia" (1941)

Adjusted domestic box office: $748,221,700

Original domestic box office: $76,408,097

3. "The Lion King" (1994)

3. "The Lion King" (1994)

Adjusted domestic box office: $803,209,300

Original domestic box office: $422,783,777

Worldwide box office: $968,483,777

2. "101 Dalmatians" (1961)

2. "101 Dalmatians" (1961)

Adjusted domestic box office: $900,254,400

Original domestic box office: $144,880,014

Worldwide box office: $215,880,014

1. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)

1. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)

Adjusted domestic box office: $982,090,000

Original domestic box office: $184,925,486

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