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The Lion King Roars to $543.6 Million at the Global Box Office


Disney‘s The Lion King ruled the global box office this weekend with $446.1 million! The movie opened domestically with $191.8 million from 4,725 theaters. Internationally, the movie brought in $254.3 million this weekend from 52 markets. With the addition of China, where the film has earned $97.5 million since opening on July 12th, the worldwide total is already up to $543.6 million after 10 days.

The Lion King‘s domestic debut of $191.8 million is the eighth biggest of all time and marks a record for July and for a PG-rated film. It’s the biggest debut ever for a Walt Disney Studios release outside of Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, surpassing Incredibles 2 ($182.7 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($174.7 million). Earning an A CinemaScore, The Lion King is the fifth Disney live-action reimagining to gross over $100 million in its debut, alongside Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million), The Jungle Book ($103.3 million) and Aladdin ($116.8 million over a four-day holiday).

Internationally, The Lion King has reached $351.8 million. The film opened at No. 1 across all international markets and was within the top five industry opening weekends of all-time in several markets, including Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and the whole Latin America region. The openings were strong across all regions and The Lion King is still yet to open in Hong Kong, Japan and Italy.

Of the $446.1 million weekend, $25.2 million came from the IMAX global network and RealD reports that 36% of the $543.6 million total has come from 3D theaters.

Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King stars Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones.

Before we move on and following yesterday’s announcement, it is worth noting that Avengers: Endgame has now officially passed Avatar to become the No. 1 film of all time. With another $1.5 million global weekend, Endgame has reached $2.790 billion worldwide, which tops Avatar‘s $2.789 billion.

After topping the box office for two weeks in a row, Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home dropped to second place with $21 million to take its domestic total to $319.7 million after three weeks. Made for $160 million and directed by Jon Watts, the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Star, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 took third place with $14.6 million and has earned $375.5 million in North America after five weeks. The fourth installment also added $25.8 million from 44 overseas markets to bring its international total to $483.9 million. That puts Toy Story 4‘s global total at $859.4 million. Toy Story 4 was directed by Josh Cooley and features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Annie Potts, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, Blake Clark, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Keanu Reeves.

Coming in at No. 4 was Alexandre Aja’s alligator horror-thriller Crawl (Paramount Pictures), which added $6 million domestically for a total of $23.8 million after two weeks. The film also snatched $2.7 million internationally and is up to $9.9 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $33.7 million. Made for less than $14 million, Crawl stars Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson, Anson Boon and Jose Palma.

Universal Pictures and Working Title’s Yesterday remained in fifth place with $5.1 million and has earned $57.6 million domestically. With an international total of $40.6 million, the musical comedy has brought in $98.2 million worldwide. From Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis, the $26 million-budgeted film stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, and Ed Sheeran.

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Mirko Parlevliet
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.


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