3. The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Original Release Date: The Lizzie McGuire Movie hit theaters on May 2, 2003.
Box Office Earnings: The Disney Channel series’ move to the big screen debuted at No. 2 at the box office, behind X2: X-Men United, bringing in an opening gross of over $17 million. The Lizzie McGuire Movie went on the earn a worldwide gross of $55.5 million against its $17 million budget. In spite of the financial success, a discussed sequel was ultimately shelved.
Critical Acclaim: The Lizzie McGuire Movie received mixed to middling reception from critics, which could be chalked up to a win for a small-screen spin-off. The film holds a 41% on Rotten Tomatoes, but most critics admitted that although it’s fluff, fans will adore it. And they have, given that its legacy overrides any negative review. Duff won a Teen Choice Award for Breakout Female Movie Star for her debut year on the big screen.
About the Role: Obviously, Duff reprises her role as Lizzie McGuire in The Lizzie McGuire Movie, which finds our title character graduateing from junior high and spending the summer before high school on a class trip to Rome, Italy. While abroad, Lizzie gets swept up in a whirlwind romance with a pop star name Paolo, who mistakes her for his former singing partner Isabella. Before long, Lizzie’s living out her dreams and singing to a sold-out crowd.
Simply the Best: There’s a reason why we’re still singing along to “What Drams Are Made Of” and why Hilary Duff is returning to her role as Lizzie McGuire for a Disney+ sequel series. Lizzie’s the relatable everygirl, and anyone can see themselves in the bumbling teen who’s just trying to be her best self. Duff gives new dimension to the character in the film, which remains the blueprint for Disney Channel stardom. Here’s exhibits A-Z why Hilary Duff is the queen of Disney.