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The film musical has long established itself as a film genre in its own right. The marriage of beautiful images on a screen and an equally stunning soundtrack leaves a lasting impression on an unbeatable audience. Honestly, we’ve all experienced the euphoria of having songs in our heads after seeing a musical on the big screen, whether it’s from our childhood or instant classics of today. In fact, musical films have produced some of the greatest moments in film history, and their appeal to a wide demographic is unmatched.



Of course it is a big challenge for filmmakers to bless our eyes and ears. However, given the long history of film musicals in entertainment, knowing what works (in terms of money, of course) is written in stone. From animated Disney classics to more modern live-action musicals like Bohemian Rhapsody and The sound of music, the popularity of these films translates directly to a large paycheck. If you want to see if your favorites made it, we’ve compiled a list of the 12 highest-grossing musical films of all time.

12 Singing (2016) – $634.2 million

Musicals and animation pretty much go hand in hand these days, and when you mix fun and cute animals with a highly talented and stacked cast, you get the movie of 2016 To sing. When the koala Buster Moon, played by Matthew McConaughey, is faced with the task of saving his beloved theater, he comes up with the idea of ​​hosting a singing competition. This opens the door to some great performances from the likes of Tori Kelly, Seth MacFarlane, Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon to name a few. With sales of $634.2 million, you’ll be on your feet and ready to dance in no time.

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11 Moana (2016) – $643.3 million

The development of the “Disney Princess” in today’s society can be seen in the extraordinary story in Moiana. In 2016, audiences were introduced to Moana as she braves the ocean to restore the heart of Te Fiti and save her family back home. This action-packed adventure and inspirational tale of bravery and perseverance is accompanied by an equally incredible soundtrack. This musical film has grossed a whopping $643.3 million.

10 My Fair Lady (1964) – $652.6 million (adjusted for inflation)

It’s time to add more recaps to this list! When we think of old Hollywood, it’s a crime against humanity to omit Queen Audrey Hepburn. my beautiful lady is a 1964 musical romance film that follows Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) as he tries to transform a working-class girl into someone who can compete in a high-class environment. With inflation-adjusted numbers my beautiful lady has amassed a whopping $652.6 million.


9 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) – $903.7 million

You really can’t make a film about Freddie Mercury and Queen without it being a musical. Bohemian Rhapsody was released in 2018 and documented the life and career of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. The film, which included some of the band’s classics on the soundtrack, solidified Rami Malek with his portrayal of the late rock star as an elite actor. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, it certainly won’t disappoint, especially considering that it grossed $903.7 million.

8th The Jungle Book (2016) – $966.6 million

We’re all familiar with the live action remake genre of Disney movies. In the 2016 live-action remake The jungle Book came out, most of us already knew Mowgli’s adventurous story in the jungle. However, putting this beloved classic in a new light fits perfectly into the film world. The film, which grossed $966.6 million, featured some well-known songs like “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You.”


7 The Lion King (1994) – $968.5 million

Hakuna Matata! That means you don’t have to worry for the rest of your days. The Lion King has to be one of Disney’s and franchise’s most popular musicals. As a matter of fact, The Lion King is more than just a favorite movie from our childhood. From the emotional fallout of Mufasa’s death to the family dynamics involving Timon and Pumba, the story of The Lion King remains a part of film history to this day, and the original animated version from 1994 grossed $968.5 million!

6 Aladdin (2019) – $1.05 billion

The Disney portion of this list is far from over. Aladdin, 100% a tried and true Disney classic, was released in 2019 as a live-action remake. The casting, which included Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as Genie, brought new life to these fan-favorite characters not only in character performance but also in music. If you’re interested in checking out this game that grossed a whopping $1.05 billion, it’s time to be a part of a whole new world!

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5 Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $1.26 billion

The original animated Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 and 26 years later the live-action film starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens was released. Also called Beauty and the Beast, this remake stays true to the original, not only in the plot and overall film aesthetic, but also in the inclusion of the songs we all know and love. To complement this, this musical also released some original music, which enhances the story even further. It brought in a whopping $1.26 billion!

4 Frozen (2013) – $1.29 billion

We will never “let go”! Frozen, as a film and franchise, has grown into an empire that has taken Disney to a whole new level we never knew it could reach. A love story between sisters, one an ice queen and the other a fun-loving princess, became a defining classic for children around the world. So the fact that this movie broke the billion dollar mark with a gross of $1.29 billion is to be expected to say the least.


3 The Sound of Music (1965) – $1.36 billion (adjusted for inflation)

Let’s take a small step away from the Disney movies. The sound of music, considered by many to be one of the greatest musicals and even one of the greatest films of all time, grossed an apt $1.36 billion (adjusted for inflation). Julie Andrews embodied a character that people of all ages held onto, even after all these years, and sang some of the greatest tunes none of us will ever forget.

2 Frozen 2 (2019) – $1.45 billion

It’s very rare that we see a sequel, not a remake, that surpasses the hype and popularity of the franchise’s first film. However, frozen 2 absolutely done exactly that. The film grossed $1.45 billion and followed Anna and Elsa as they navigate the unknowns of their past. Full of heartfelt family moments, love and great songs here and there, frozen 2 increased the already successful franchise. It’s the perfect time to go straight into Into The Unknown if you haven’t seen the movie yet.


1 The Lion King (2019) – $1.66 billion

At the top of our list we have The Lion King again? The live action Lion King The film grossed an incredible $1.66 billion. Yes, you heard that right. When this film was announced, debate began about whether this would be a true “live-action” film. Of course it’s not possible for a film like this to use real animals, given their unpredictable nature and the obvious fact that they can’t talk. But despite this gripping debate, the film was visually stunning and definitely worth watching.

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