‘Lion King’ rules cinemas with almost $1bn globally


Disney’s “The Lion King” movie remains box office royalty, generating another $142 million at the international box office.

Director Jon Favreau’s hyper-realistic remake of the animated classic is already the fifth-biggest global release of the year with $963 million to date, according to Variety.com.

“The Lion King” well on its way to joining fellow studio releases “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain Marvel” and “Aladdin” in the elusive billion-dollar club.

The film also added $75 million in North America this weekend, boosting domestic sales to $350 million.

Overseas, it’s had the strongest showing in China with $114 million, along with the United Kingdom with $45 million, Brazil with $42 million and France with $40 million.

“The Lion King” opens in Japan on August 9 and Italy on August 21.

Meanwhile, Sony’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” continued scaling box office charts, collecting $21 million from 67 overseas territories.

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During the week, it became the first “Spider-Man” movie to cross $1 billion globally. The superhero sequel has made $692 million overseas and $1.03 billion worldwide.

It recently passed “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” ($963 million) to become Sony’s second-highest-grossing film ever.

Falling not far behind is Disney’s “Toy Story 4,” which picked up $19.4 million from 40 foreign markets for an international tally of $522 million.

The animated adventure has now pocketed $917 million globally, including $395 million in North America.

Outside of the States, “Toy Story 4” has seen solid ticket sales in Mexico with $70.7 million, the U.K. with $64.9 million and Japan with $51 million.

It debuts in Germany later in August.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “The Lion King,” $75.5 million ($142.8 million international).

2. “Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood,” $40.3 million.

3. “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” $12.2 million ($21 million international).

4. “Toy Story 4,” $9.8 million ($19.4 million international).

5. “Crawl,” $4 million ($3.4 million international).

6. “Yesterday,” $3 million ($3.6 million international).

7. “Aladdin,” $2.8 million ($7.2 million international).

8. “Stuber,” $1.7 million ($1.6 million international).

9. “Annabelle Comes Home,” $1.56 million ($3.7 million international).

10. “The Farewell,” $1.55 million.


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:

1. “The Lion King,” $142.8 million.

2. “Ne Zha” $83.1 million.

3. “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” $21 million.

4. “Toy Story 4,” $19.4 million.

5. “Looking Up,” $17.3 million.

6. “Aladdin,” $7.2 million.

7. “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” $7.2 million.

8. “Dancing Elephant,” $5.2 million.

9. “Annabelle Comes Home,” $3.7 million.

10. “White Storm 2: The Drug Lords,” $3.68 million.

Yetunde Adegoke

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