Disney’s latest live action remake of an animated classic The Lion King opened atop the weekend box office with an impressive $185 million domestically. Internationally the film added another $346 million for a worldwide haul of $531 million in its opening weekend. The opening is the highest for the live action remakes and surpasses Beauty and the Beats which had an opening of $174 million back in 2017. That film went on to gross $1.26 billion worldwide.
Dropping to the number two spot was Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home which took in another $21 million to bring its domestic cume to $319 million and $970 worldwide. Disney’s other recent flick, the latest sequel Toy Story 4, took in $14.6 million in third spot over the weekend. That film is also doing very well and has generated $859 million worldwide since opening last month.
Rounding out the top five was Paramount’s Crawl with another $6.0 million and Universal’s Yesterday with an estimated $5.1 million.
- The Lion King (Disney) $185.0 million
- Spider-Man: Far from Home (Sony) $21.0 million
- Toy Story 4 (Disney) $14.6 million
- Crawl (Paramount) $6.0 million
- Yesterday (Universal) $5.1 million
Next weekend sees the highly anticipated ninth film from director Quentin Tarantino hit theatres with the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.