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  • Young Simba (voiced by JD McCrary, right) chats with his dad's loyal majordomo Zazu (John Oliver) in The Lion King. (July 19)1 of 15
  • Johnny Depp returned as the Mad Hatter in the fantasy sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass.2 of 15
  • Cruella de Vil (Glenn Close) has some complicated feelings when it comes to dogs in the sequel 102 Dalmations.3 of 15
  • A grownup Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) reconnects4 of 15
  • Jason Scott Lee starred as a grown-up Mowgli in Disney's 1994 live-action The Jungle Book.5 of 15
  • Roger (Jeff Daniels) hangs out with his best buddy Pongo in 101 Dalmatians.6 of 15
  • Mowgli (Neel Sethi) shares a moment with his wolf mom Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong'o), one of the many photorealistic animals in Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book.'7 of 15
  • Young Alice (Mia Wasikowska, center) leads the troops, including Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), in Alice in Wonderland.8 of 15
  • Will Smith takes over Robin Williams' iconic Genie role in Disneys live-action Aladdin.9 of 15
  • The aerialist Colette Marchant (Eva Green) prepares to take flight with the title elephant of Tim Burton's Dumbo.10 of 15
  • Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) shows young Simba (JD McCrary) the land he will rule some day in The Lion King.11 of 15
  • Belle (Emma Watson) is won over by the monstrous Beast (Dan Stevens) in Beauty and the Beast.12 of 15
  • Elliot is a computer-generated dragon who's furry rather than scaly in the remake of Pete's Dragon.13 of 15
  • Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) holds court as more than just a villain in the Sleeping Beauty revamp Maleficent.14 of 15
  • Lily James wears a spiffy ball gown as the title character of Cinderella.15 of 15

photorealistic remake of “The Lion King” devour opening weekend records for the month of July and PG-rated films, but “Avengers: Endgame” also crept past “Avatar” to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

“The Lion King” roared into 4,725 North American theaters, where it grossed a stunning $185 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Although reviews were mixed for Jon Favreau’s remake of the 1994 animated film, audiences still turned out in droves to hear the A-list voice cast, from Beyoncé to Donald Glover, and see the innovative technology that made the film possible.

“We’ve had a spectacular run this weekend,” says Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of distribution. “We really did know we had something special with (“The Lion King”), given its popularity with fans of all ages.”

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Industry experts had pegged “The Lion King” for a $150 million opening, which turned out to be far too modest a projection. Instead, with $185 million, Disney got a few records to boast about: It’s the ninth-biggest opening of all time, a July record (unseating “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”) and a PG-rating record (taking over from “Incredibles 2”).

It’s the second time this year a beloved Disney brand has overwhelmed a tepid critical response. “Aladdin,” which is still in the top 10 after nine weeks in theaters, has made $989 million globally.

“Certain brands have so much goodwill and equity,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “Reviews clearly didn’t matter at all.”

Having opened in China a week early, “The Lion King” has amassed more than $531 million in just 10 days. Audiences also embraced large format and 3D for the event film: 36% of that total came from 3D showings and $25.2 million from IMAX.

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13. “Fantasia” (1940) • Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr. • Starring: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton • Domestic box office gross: $76.4 million. “Fantasia,” Disney’s third animated feature, includes eight vignettes set to classical music performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and conducted by Leopold Stokowski. The sections combine surreal imagery, including dancing monsters, humanoid house tools, and regal unicorns, with Mickey Mouse serving as a wizard-like conductor. It was groundbreaking at the time, and reviewer Edwin Schallert, writing for the Los Angeles Times, called the work “courageous beyond belief.” Courtesy of Walt Disney Productions2. “Inside Out” (2015) • Directed by: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen • Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black • Domestic box office gross: $356.5 million. The animated comedy “Inside Out” gets inside the head of Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), a pre-teen girl struggling to adjust to life in San Francisco after moving from Minnesota. Riley’s emotions, played by Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Phyliss Smith, and Mindy Kaling, live within her head and help her find balance. The film opened at No. 2, grossing more than $90 million in its first weekend. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

  • In its nearly 100-year history, Disney has defined whats possible in animation and proved that characters like Snow White and Peter Pan can transcend childhood wonderment and stay relevant for generations of adults. To mark the release of Disneys remake of quot;The Lion King,quot; 24/7 Tempo has identified the best Disney movies of all time, based on audience and critic ratings on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.1 of 41
  • 40. strongquot;The Jungle Bookquot;/strong (2016) bull; Directed by: Jon Favreau bull; Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley bull; Domestic box office gross: $364.0 million. Director Jon Favreau scored critical acclaim with this part-CGI/part live-action remake of the Disney 1967 classic animated feature. Both the original and remake are based on Rudyard Kiplings 1894 short-story collection of the same name and follow a quot;man cubquot; named Mowgli who is forced out of the jungle after being raised by wolves.2 of 41
  • 39. strongquot;Lady and the Trampquot;/strong (1955) bull; Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske bull; Starring: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee bull; Domestic box office gross: $93.6 million. Barbara Luddy and Larry Roberts lend their voices to the titular roles of this beloved 1955 Disney romance about a pampered uptown spaniel and a gruff downtown mutt who find an unexpected connection. This films classic animation holds up well with current critics, earning a 93% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.nbsp;3 of 41
  • 38. strongquot;101 Dalmatiansquot;/strong (1961) bull; Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman bull; Starring: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat OMalley bull; Domestic box office gross: $144.9 million. This 1961 animated classic introduced one of the all-time great Disney villains: Cruella de Vil, voiced by Betty Lou Gerson. After Cruella kidnaps a litter of 15 puppies, canine parents Pongo (Rod Taylor) and Perdita (Cate Bauer) launch a harrowing plan to get them back. Based on the childrens story by Dodie Smith, quot;101 Dalmatiansquot; scores an impressive 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes but falls behind in audience score at 76%.4 of 41
  • 37. strongquot;Lincolnquot;/strong (2012) bull; Directed by: Steven Spielberg bull; Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn bull; Domestic box office gross: $182.2 million. Daniel Day-Lewis won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the 16th president in this 2012 biopic. Sally Field was also nominated as best supporting actress for her portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln. The film focuses on Abraham Lincolns final months in office as he struggles to unite the fractured nation and end slavery.5 of 41
  • 36. strongquot;Cinderellaquot; /strong(1950) bull; Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske bull; Starring: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley bull; Domestic box office gross: $85 million. Disney adapted quot;Cinderellaquot; from a folk tale with roots dating back as far as ancient Greece. This version is comparatively whimsical. At the time of its release, critics lauded the lush animation. Reviewing the movie for The Chicago Tribune, Mae Tinee said it has quot;glowing colors to bedeck the old fairy tale.quot;6 of 41
  • 35. strongquot;Big Hero 6quot; /strong(2014) bull; Directed by: Don Hall, Chris Williams bull; Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung bull; Domestic box office gross: $222.5 million. Centering on a robotics prodigy and his best friend, an oversized robot named Baymax, quot;Big Hero 6quot; is an animated feature for the new generation. The film was produced after Disney acquired Marvel in 2009 and went in search of a lesser-known comic title the studio could adapt with a signature style. It was a hit with critics and viewers alike, scoring an 87% fresh score and 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.7 of 41
  • 34. strongquot;Old Yellerquot; /strong(1957) bull; Directed by: Robert Stevenson bull; Starring: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk bull; Domestic box office gross: $21.9 million. An early live-action classic for Disney, quot;Old Yellerquot; was based on the Newbery Honor-winning childrens book of the same name by Fred Gipson. In the film, a teenage boy named Travis Coates (Tommy Kirk) is helping to manage his familys farm when a haggard dog shows up uninvited. The yellow labrador soon wins over the entire family, and the film has won over 100% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes.8 of 41
  • 33. strongquot;Frozenquot;/strong (2013) bull; Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee bull; Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff bull; Domestic box office gross: $400.7 million. quot;Frozenquot; was not only one of the biggest box-office smashes of 2013, but also the highest-grossing animated film of all time, raking in an eye-popping $1.3 billion worldwide. Kristin Bell lends her voice to the lead character, Princess Anna, who is joined by a motley crew on an adventure to save her frozen kingdom from her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel). It rates 7.5 out of 10 stars on IMDb and has a 90% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.9 of 41
  • 32. strongquot;Tangledquot;/strong (2010) bull; Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard bull; Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy bull; Domestic box office gross: $200.8 million. With 2010s quot;Tangled,quot; Disney flexed its fairy-tale muscles again, this time taking on the story of Rapunzel. Zachary Levis Flynn Rider is on the lam in an abandoned tower when hes captured by Mandy Moores Rapunzel. He ends up helping her escape in this adventure and romance story. Though animated with computers, quot;Tangledquot; was designed to visually resemble the look of paintings.10 of 41
  • 31. strongquot;Monsters, Inc.quot;/strong (2001) bull; Directed by: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich bull; Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs bull; Domestic box office gross: $289.9 million. quot;Monsters, Inc.quot; was the fourth feature release for Pixar and follows 1999s quot;Toy Story 2.quot; John Goodman and Billy Crystal star in the leading roles of James P. quot;Sulleyquot; Sullivan and Michael quot;Mikequot; Wazowski, two professional monsters who are tasked with returning a 2-year-old girl to the human world.nbsp;11 of 41
  • 30. strongquot;Black Pantherquot;/strong (2018) bull; Directed by: Ryan Coogler bull; Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo bull; Domestic box office gross: $700.1 million. Marvels quot;Black Pantherquot; has grossed more than $700 million at the domestic box office, but its actually the second time the beloved comic was developed for film. Wesley Snipes initially signed on to produce and star as the king of Wakanda in the 1990s but that project collapsed due to Snipes commitment to the quot;Bladequot; franchise. Director Ryan Coogler finally brought the comic to life, and it currently has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.12 of 41
  • 29. strongquot;Moanaquot;/strong (2016) bull; Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall bull; Starring: Aulii Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House bull; Domestic box office gross: $248.8 million. With 2016s quot;Moana,quot; Disney takes on the lesser-known mythology of the ancient Polynesian explorers. Aulii Cravalho voices the films titular character as she ventures off from her native island in search of Dwayne Johnsons mighty demigod Maui. Having raked in $643 million worldwide since its release, quot;Moanaquot; spotlights Disneys ability to bring diverse stories to a global audience.nbsp;13 of 41
  • 28. strongquot;Thor: Ragnarokquot;/strong (2017) bull; Directed by: Taika Waititi bull; Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett bull; Domestic box office gross: $315.1 million. quot;Thor: Ragnarokquot; marks Chris Hemsworths fourth turn as the Norse superhero. Hemsworth felt the character was starting to grow stale before production started, and director Taika Waititi responded by recasting Thor as a prisoner, stripped of his mythic hammer and desperate to return home to and defend his homeland from Cate Blanchetts villainous Hela. Fans and critics embraced the fresh take on Thor, and the movie currently has an 87% audience score and 93% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes.14 of 41
  • 27. strongquot;Captain America: The Winter Soldierquot;/strong (2014) bull; Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo bull; Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson bull; Domestic box office gross: $259.8 million. Following 2011s quot;Captain America: The First Avenger,quot; this Marvel blockbuster finds Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) teamed with an unlikely partner in fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. member Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). They must eliminate a deadly assassin known as the Winter Soldier, a task that hits close to home for Captain America. A favorite entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, quot;The Winter Soldierquot; is certified 90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 92% audience score.15 of 41
  • 26. strongquot;Incredibles 2quot;/strong (2018) bull; Directed by: Brad Bird bull; Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell bull; Domestic box office gross: $608.6 million. Director Brad Bird faced a momentous challenge ndash; creating a worthy sequel to 2004s quot;The Incrediblesquot; ndash; but he pulled it off with flying colors. Time called this sequel quot;rapturously entertaining,quot; and it has earned a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In addition to directing both quot;Incrediblesquot; films, Bird also helmed Pixars 2007 smash quot;Ratatouille.quot;16 of 41
  • 25. strongquot;Sleeping Beautyquot;/strong (1959) bull; Directed by: Clyde Geronimi bull; Starring: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley bull; Domestic box office gross: $51.6 million. This Disney animated classic tells the story of Princess Aurora (Mary Costa), who is cast into an unending sleep by the evil fairy Maleficent (Eleanor Audley). Only Prince Philip (Bill Shirley) can break the spell, but he must defeat Maleficent first. quot;Sleeping Beautyquot; had a production budget of $6 million, making it the most expensive animated film ever at the time.nbsp;17 of 41
  • 24. strongquot;Captain America: Civil Warquot; /strong(2016) bull; Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo bull; Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson bull; Domestic box office gross: $408.1 million. quot;Captain America: Civil Warquot; is a high-action affair that finds Chris Evans Steve Rogers/Captain America squaring off with Robert Downey Jr.s Tony Stark/Iron Man in a dispute over the Avengers future. Since its release, the film has grossed an epic $1.15 billion worldwide, and it has a 91% freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes.18 of 41
  • 23. strongquot;Finding Nemoquot;/strong (2003) bull; Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich bull; Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould bull; Domestic box office gross: $380.8 million. quot;Finding Nemoquot; was the No. 1 box office earner during its opening weekend in 2003, and it remains a Disney/Pixar favorite with a 99% freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Albert Brooks voices the films lead character, a clownfish named Marlin. When his son Nemo disappears in the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin and his royal blue tang friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) stretch their limits to find the youngster.19 of 41
  • 22. strongquot;Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsquot;/strong (1937) bull; Directed by: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson bull; Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne bull; Domestic box office gross: $184.9 million. The film that paved the way for Disneys future groundbreaking work, quot;Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsquot; took three years and $1.5 million to finish. This was an unimaginable sum for an animated film in the 1930s, but the studio saw a massive return on the investment, and critics hailed the film as an achievement. A New York Daily News reviewer at an early screening wrote: quot;The entire audience seemed to fall under the magic spell which Walt Disney and his staff of clever magicians wove with great artistry on the screen.quot;20 of 41
  • 21. strongquot;Pinocchioquot;/strong (1940) bull; Directed by: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson bull; Starring: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Jack Bailey bull; Domestic box office gross: $84.3 million. quot;Pinocchioquot; was the second animated feature release from Disney following the success of 1937s quot;Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.quot; It tells the story of a partially animate puppet (Dickie Jones) who can only become a real boy by adhering to a strict moral code. It was the first animated film to win competitive Academy Awards in 1941, taking the prizes for best original score and best original song.21 of 41
  • 20. strongquot;The Many Adventures of Winnie the Poohquot;/strong (1977) bull; Directed by: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman bull; Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy. bull; Domestic box office gross: N/A. This 1977 classic combined four previously released Winnie the Pooh shorts based on books by A.A. Milne. Sterling Holloway lends his voice to the lovable, honey-eating bear and is joined by Ralph Wright as Eeyore and Paul Winchell as Tigger. The film has been praised for its commitment to the original books and maintains a perfect 100% freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes.22 of 41
  • 19. strongquot;The Little Mermaidquot;/strong (1989) bull; Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker bull; Starring: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois bull; Domestic box office gross: $111.5 million. quot;The Little Mermaidquot; was a project of Walt Disneys long before it became a box office hit in 1989. Initially conceived in the 1930s, Disney put the project aside to push ahead with quot;The Ugly Duckling,quot; and it stayed on the shelf until studio executives revived it in 1984. Jodi Benson provides the voice of Princess Ariel as she squares off against evil sea witch Ursula, voiced by Pat Carroll.nbsp;23 of 41
  • 18. strongquot;The Straight Storyquot;/strong (1999) bull; Directed by: David Lynch bull; Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz bull; Domestic box office gross: $6.2 million. This 1999 David Lynch drama tells the true story of Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth), who embarked on a long, slow drive from Iowa to Wisconsin on a John Deere lawn mower to reconnect with his estranged brother. The film didnt achieve the financial success of many Disney hits, but it was a critical success and holds an impressive 96% freshness rating from critics and 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.24 of 41
  • 17. strongquot;Mary Poppinsquot;/strong (1964) bull; Directed by: Robert Stevenson bull; Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson bull; Domestic box office gross: $102.3 million. Julie Andrews made her feature film debut in quot;Mary Poppinsquot; and found immediate screen success, winning the Oscar for best actress. This picture uses a combination of live action and animation to tell the story of a magical nanny who teaches the Banks family that every day can be its own adventure.nbsp;25 of 41
  • 16. strongquot;The Lion Kingquot;/strong (1994) bull; Directed by: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff bull; Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones bull; Domestic box office gross: $312.9 million. quot;The Lion Kingquot; was an instant hit with viewers and critics, with Rolling Stones Peter Travers praising its music and quot;fun, eye-popping thrills.quot; It has remained a fan favorite, and currently has a 93% freshness score from both critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.nbsp;26 of 41
  • 15. strongquot;Zootopiaquot;/strong (2016) bull; Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush bull; Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba bull; Domestic box office gross: $341.3 million. When quot;Zootopiaquot; premiered in 2016, it became Disney Animation Studios biggest hit since 2013s quot;Frozen.quot; Raking in $1.02 billion at box offices around the world, it became the fourth animated film ever to crest the billion dollar mark. It has also shown impressive staying power, holding a 97% freshness rating from critics and 92% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.27 of 41
  • 14. strongquot;Ratatouillequot; /strong(2007) bull; Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava bull; Starring: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt bull; Domestic box office gross: $206.5 million. This 2007 Pixar hit centers around Remy (Patton Oswalt), a rat with the unlikely ambition of becoming a great chef. He strikes up a friendship with restaurant worker Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano), and they hatch a plan to see his dreams come to life.nbsp;28 of 41
  • 13. strongquot;Fantasiaquot;/strong (1940) bull; Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr. bull; Starring: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton bull; Domestic box office gross: $76.4 million. quot;Fantasia,quot; Disneys third animated feature, includes eight vignettes set to classical music performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and conducted by Leopold Stokowski. The sections combine surreal imagery, including dancing monsters, humanoid house tools, and regal unicorns, with Mickey Mouse serving as a wizard-like conductor. It was groundbreaking at the time, and reviewer Edwin Schallert, writing for the Los Angeles Times, called the work quot;courageous beyond belief.quot;29 of 41
  • 12. strongquot;Aladdinquot;/strong (1992) bull; Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker bull; Starring: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin bull; Domestic box office gross: $217.4 million. The role of Genie was created specifically for Robin Williams, and quot;Aladdinquot; is credited as one of the first animated features to use a major star as a voice talent. It was a financial and critical success, winning Academy Awards for best original score and best song. Fans and critics still love quot;Aladdin,quot; and it has a 94% freshness rating from critics and 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.30 of 41
  • 11. strongquot;Star Wars: The Force Awakensquot;/strong (2015) bull; Directed by: J.J. Abrams bull; Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac bull; Domestic box office gross: $936.7 million. quot;The Force Awakensquot; marked the start of the new quot;Star Warsquot; trilogy, and it was the first film under the Disney brand. George Lucas wasnt highly involved with the production but said he was comfortable handing quot;Star Warsquot; off to Kathleen Kennedy and her team at Disney for the future. The new arrangement was a huge success, bringing in $2.07 billion worldwide.31 of 41
  • 10. strongquot;Toy Storyquot;/strong (1995) bull; Directed by: John Lasseter bull; Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles bull; Domestic box office gross: $191.8 million. quot;Toy Storyquot; was a groundbreaking achievement in computer animation, but it almost died on the vine. In an earlier version of the picture, Tom Hankss Woody was less likable, and Disney executives were ready to pull the plug on Pixars dream of releasing the first fully-CGI animated feature ever. With a reworked script and a kinder version of Woody, the film outpaced expectations, pulling in more than $370 million at the box office.32 of 41
  • 9. strongquot;Toy Story 2quot;/strong (1999) bull; Directed by: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich bull; Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack bull; Domestic box office gross: $245.9 million. In the second edition of the franchise, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) takes center stage in a rescue mission to save Woody (Tom Hanks) after he is kidnapped by a toy collector. Disney initially planned quot;Toy Story 2quot; as a direct-to-video sequel, but the picture outpaced its predecessor at the box office and has since grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. It has an impressive 100% freshness rating from critics and an 86% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.33 of 41
  • 8. strongquot;The Nightmare Before Christmasquot;/strong (1993) bull; Directed by: Henry Selick bull; Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine OHara bull; Domestic box office gross: $75.1 million. The stop motion animation used in quot;The Nightmare Before Christmas,quot; with characters realized by Tim Burton, gives this picture a distinct identity among Disneys many animated hits. With a darker twist on the animated feature, the company feared this project would be too dark for kids and elected to release it under the Touchstone imprint. Chris Sarandon provides the speaking voice for lead character Jack Skellington, while Danny Elfman handles his singing voice.34 of 41
  • 7. strongquot;Beauty and the Beastquot;/strong (1991) bull; Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise bull; Starring: Paige OHara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti bull; Domestic box office gross: $219.0 million. Disneys 1991 animated adaptation of quot;Beauty and the Beastquot; is the studios 30th animated feature and came during the 10-year period known as the Disney Renaissance. Other films released at the time include quot;The Little Mermaid,quot; quot;Aladdin,quot; quot;The Lion King,quot; and quot;Mulan.quot; Fans and critics continue to love quot;Beauty and the Beast,quot; and it has a 94% freshness rating from critics and 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.nbsp;35 of 41
  • 6. strongquot;Upquot;/strong (2009) bull; Directed by: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson bull; Starring: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger bull; Domestic box office gross: $293.0 million. In quot;Up,quot; Ed Asner lends his voice to leading character Carl Fredricksen, an aging balloon salesman with a dream to travel and experience far-off lands. Jordan Nagai stars opposite Asner in the role of Russell, an adventure scout who unwittingly joins Fredricksens adventure.36 of 41
  • 5. strongquot;WALLmiddot;Equot;/strong (2008) bull; Directed by: Andrew Stanton bull; Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin bull; Domestic box office gross: $223.8 million. quot;WALL-Equot; was an instant success for Disney and Pixar, piling up more than $63 million in its first weekend. The film follows a lonely trash-cleaning robot on a desolate, future Planet Earth as he falls in love with a visiting robot named EVE. The picture was also a hit with critics, winning the Oscar for best animated feature.37 of 41
  • 4. strongquot;Cocoquot;/strong (2017) bull; Directed by: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina bull; Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garciacute;shy;a Bernal, Benjamin Bratt bull; Domestic box office gross: $209.7 million. Hollywood newcomer Anthony Gonzalez voices the lead character Miguel in Disney and Pixars 2017 feature quot;Coco.quot; Against his familys wishes, he dreams of becoming a musician and ventures into the world of the dead to meet a musical ancestor. The movie was a hit among critics, 97% of whom gave it a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes.38 of 41
  • 3. strongquot;Toy Story 4quot;/strong (2019) bull; Directed by: Josh Cooley bull; Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts bull; Domestic box office gross: $357.9 million. This 2019 addition to the enormously successful quot;Toy Storyquot; franchise finds Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and the crew packing up for a road trip with their owner Bonnie and her family. Woody helps pump up Bonnies new favorite toy Forkie (Tony Hale) and crosses paths with a long-lost acquaintance Bo Peep (Annie Potts). Its a favorite on Rotten Tomatoes, landing a 98% freshness rating from critics and a 94% audience score.39 of 41
  • 2. strongquot;Inside Outquot;/strong (2015) bull; Directed by: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen bull; Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black bull; Domestic box office gross: $356.5 million. The animated comedy quot;Inside Outquot; gets inside the head of Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), a pre-teen girl struggling to adjust to life in San Francisco after moving from Minnesota. Rileys emotions, played by Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Phyliss Smith, and Mindy Kaling, live within her head and help her find balance. The film opened at No. 2, grossing more than $90 million in its first weekend.40 of 41
  • 1. strongquot;Toy Story 3quot;/strong (2010) bull; Directed by: Lee Unkrich bull; Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack bull; Domestic box office gross: $415.0 million. With the massive success of quot;Toy Storyquot; and quot;Toy Story 2,quot; director Lee Unkrich admitted that he felt huge pressure to deliver on quot;Toy Story 3.quot; The third installment went on to gross more than the first two combined and was named the best movie of 2010 by Time. It still holds up on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 98% freshness rating among critics and an 89% audience score.nbsp;41 of 41

“Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which slipped to second in its third weekend with $21 million). The Pixar sequel has grossed $859.4 million globally. “Aladdin” is No. 7, with $3.8 million.

And then there is “Avengers: Endgame,” which didn’t make the top 10, but that hardly matters. With $1.5 million globally added this weekend, it surpassed the all-time record of “Avatar,” not accounting for inflation.

“Avatar” grossed $2.789 billion worldwide, and “Avengers: Endgame” is currently at $2.79 billion.

“‘Endgame’ finally did it,” Taff says. “It’s a huge achievement.”

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  • General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt) in Captain America: Civil War.5 of 33
  • Taserface (Chris Sullivan, right) and the Ravagers6 of 33
  • Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) has big plans for the world7 of 33
  • Ronan (Lee Pace) in a scene from the motion picture Guardians of the Galaxy.8 of 33
  • Mad scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) in a scene from Iron Man 3.9 of 33
  • Crossbones (Frank Grillo) in Captain America: Civil War.10 of 33
  • The Abomination in a scene from the motion picture The Incredible Hulk.11 of 33
  • Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) in Ant-Man.12 of 33
  • We may be seeing 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' villainess13 of 33
  • Supreme Intelligence (Annette Bening) in Captain Marvel.14 of 33
  • Ultron (voiced by James Spader) in a scene from the motion picture Avengers: Age Of Ultron.15 of 33
  • Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) in a scene from the motion picture Iron Man16 of 33
  • Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) in Ant-Man and the Wasp.17 of 33
  • strong16. Yondu./strong The Ravagers leader (Michael Rooker, center) is a space outlaw who sacrificed himself to save his surrogate son Star-Lord yet had a definitely underhanded side in quot;Guardians of the Galaxyquot; (2014).18 of 33
  • Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) in Black Panther.19 of 33
  • Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.20 of 33
  • Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) in Thor: Ragnarok.21 of 33
  • Kurt Russell plays Ego, a living planet, in 'Guardians22 of 33
  • Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brhl) in Captain America: Civil War.23 of 33
  • Nebula (Karen Gillan) returns with a bone to pick with24 of 33
  • The Vulture (Michael Keaton) has dual roles as supervillain and family man in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'25 of 33
  • Hugo Weaving plays Red Skull in a scene from the motion picture Captain America: The First Avenger.26 of 33
  • Sam Rockwell, with the Drones, in a scene from the motion picture Iron Man 2.27 of 33
  • Peter Parker (Tom Holland, left, with Jake Gyllenhaal) faces a new world five years after Thanos' snap in Spider-Man: Far From Home.28 of 33
  • Hela (Cate Blanchett) in Thor: Ragnarok.29 of 33
  • Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in a scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.30 of 33
  • Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in The Avengers.31 of 33
  • Thanos (Josh Brolin) leads his army against Earth's mightiest heroes in Avengers: Endgame.32 of 33
  • Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in Black Panther.33 of 33

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previewed that this was a sure thing Saturday night at San Diego Comic-Con.

“You have to shout-out to Mr. James Cameron, who held that title for a long time,” Feige told the crowd. “If you adjust for inflation, he still holds the title, and he’ll probably get the title again as soon as he puts out another movie. But for right now … ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is the biggest film of all time.”

This weekend helped knock the year-to-date deficit from 9.1% to 7.2%.

“That’s what a massive Disney debut will do for the box office,” Dergarabedian says. “You’ve got to give some credit to the holdovers that are doing quite well, like (the Beatles-inspired fantasy) ‘Yesterday.’ But it’s just a great weekend for the industry and absolutely a shot in the arm that was needed.”

Rounding out the rest of the top five: The alligator disaster movie “Crawl” finished fourth with $6 million and “Yesterday” was fifth with $5.1 million.

Final numbers are expected Monday.

Contributing: Kim Willis

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