Will ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ or ‘Frozen 2’ Top ‘The Lion King’s’ Box Office Sales? Forbes Doesn’t Think So

A box office king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. The reign of The Lion King, however, might last a little longer than expected. Although 2019 brings highly anticipated films like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Frozen 2, one writer thinks The Lion King will likely hold its place as one of the most successful Disney movies at this year’s box office. Learn more about it here.

'The Lion King' World Premiere
‘The Lion King’ World Premiere | Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Disney released multiple record-breaking movies in 2019, including ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘The Lion King’

It seems like every year is a good year for Disney. However, 2019 brought in record-breaking films for the company, particularly with the success of their live-action remakes and their sequels. Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing film in box-office history, dethroning James Cameron’s 2009 film, Avatar. One of Disney’s most recently released movies, The Lion King, enjoyed box office success.

With a cast including actors like Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, The Lion King pounced at the box office. It quickly became one of Disney’s most lucrative live-action films. It even surpassed the ticket sales live-action reboots like Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Jungle Book. The Lion King has some upcoming competition, though.

Disney premieres other movies, including ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ and ‘Frozen 2’

This year is just beginning for Disney movies. The sequels to two fan favorites premiere later in 2019. That includes Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in Star Wars’ sequel trilogy. Their official trailer has 30 million views on YouTube.

Another sequel produced by Disney, Frozen 2, premieres in November 2019. The trailer for the movie even broke records. As of today, Frozen 2’s trailer is the most-watched animated trailer of all time, coming in at a whopping 40 million views on YouTube. Still, one writer for Forbes believes these movies are no match for The Lion King’s box office sales.

Forbes says Disney’s upcoming movies may fail to top ‘The Lion King’s’ success

In spite of Disney’s success with their original movies, it might be challenging for the studio to outdo themselves. In an article published by Forbes, one writer breaks down the success of some of Disney’s most recent movies, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Frozen. He states that while these movies enjoyed success during their original runs, their sequels might fall short in comparison to The Lion King.

“There’s obviously a lot of wiggle room for Star Wars IX between $1.66 billion and $882 million, and it’s arguably likely that the film will end up somewhere between those two extremes,” the Forbes author states. “But as you can see, it’s no guarantee that the ninth Star Wars episode will end up above where The Lion King finishes, especially if my $1.4 billion guesstimate turns out to be an underestimate.”

“And while it’s possible that Frozen II will match or aggressively exceed Frozen‘s $1.276 billion cume, it’s not guaranteed as the variables are almost opposite what they were when Frozen did its thing in 2013,” the article continues.

Disney’s The Lion King is currently available in theaters. Frozen 2 premieres in the United States on November 22, 2019. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres in the United States on December 20, 2019.