Frozen has officially become the highest grossing animated film. Of all time.
The Oscar-winning wintery tale tells the story of Anna, a feisty princess who sets off on a journey to find her sister Elsa, who has accidentally plunged their kingdom into a permanent winter. And it’s now become the most successful animated film in box office history, financially speaking.
Disney princesses Anna and Elsa have beaten off competition from The Lion King, Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, ALL the Shrek and Ice Age films, Up and Ratatouille to reach the top spot.
Yes, it could signal a change of heart towards Disney’s tuneful, sweet and sometime simpering princesses, who dominated the cinema screen during the 1990s – none of the other films in the top 10 feature human main characters, let alone pretty, royal ones. But, the question this revelation made us ask was this: which other princesses have made it big at the box office?
So here, courtesy of RadioTimes.com, is the official Disney princess rich list. Eligible animated gentlemen, take note…
Anna and Elsa – Frozen (2013)
They are not officially Disney princesses yet – it’s only a matter of time before Cinders, Snow White and co welcome them into the club – but they are already reigning supreme as the stars of the top grossing animated film of all time. So naturally that places them at the top of the Disney princess rich list too…
Anna and Elsa’s film has brought in an impressive $1,072,402,000. Two gals who certainly don’t need to marry well, eh?
Rapunzel might have spent the first 18 years of her life locked up in a tower, but that hasn’t left her falling behind on the money front. (She must have saved a lot of pocket money…)
In fact, she’s the second richest Disney princess, with her film Tangled pulling in $591,794,936 worldwide. Tangled, which was voiced by voiced by Mandy Moore, is number 20 on the all time highest-grossing animated film list.
Headstrong, feisty and convention defying, Merida doesn’t act like your average Disney princess – and she doesn’t look much like one either. But that hasn’t stopped the Scottish, flame-haired teen from pulling in the pennies at the box office.
Brave, which sees Merida refuse to marry like her father wishes and accidentally turn her mother into a bear (Yep. Seriously.) comes in at number 26, with a gross profit of $538,788,207.
It’s no surprise that Jasmine is rolling it it. She lived in a palatial palace, always wore silken trousers and had a tiger as a pet, for crying out loud.
She is 20 years older than Merida, though – and still managed to draw in a similar amount of profit at the box office. With worldwide gross of $504,050,219, her 1992 film Aladdin is still strong at number 30.
Pretty impressive. no?
Belle – Beauty and the Beat (1991)
From humble beginnings, book lover Belle is rolling in it now after her escapades with the hideous beast.
The thinking girl’s Disney princess is sitting pretty as the 5th richest. The 1991 film Beauty and the Beast, which sees her fall in love with a beast while trapped in a French castle with an array of talking tea sets, is still at number 38, with a very respectable income of $424,967,620.
The last Disney princess to make it into the top 50 highest-grossing animated films of all time is Pocahontas, in at … number 50. The spiritual Disney sister might not value material possessions but she could live in the lap of luxury if she so choose. Her 1995 film took $346,079,773 at the box office. Bet Smith regrets getting on that boat now, eh?
Pocahontas might not be on the Disney princess rich list for much longer, though. Industry insiders reckon The Lego Movie could be poised to push its way into the top 50, so Pocahontas might find herself pushed out…
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