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‘The Lion King’ Roars to Record $185M To Top Box Office

The Lion King

Furthering Disney’s domination, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King opened to a record-breaking $185 million at the North American box office over the weekend for an early global total of $531 million. The movie scored the biggest domestic launch ever for a PG film, and the ninth-biggest for any movie, not to mention notching a record for a Disney release outside of Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, not adjusted for inflation. It also bested the final Harry Potter pic ($169.2 million) to land the top start for a July title.

The top 12 movies of the weekend, as of Sunday, July 21, are as follows:

#TitleDistributor NameWeekend Total # of LocsLoc AvgCume Total
1Lion King, TheDisney$185,000,0004,725$39,153$185,000,000
2Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$21,000,0004,415$4,757$319,659,412
3Toy Story 4Disney$14,600,0003,750$3,893$375,533,349
6Stuber20th Century Fox$4,000,0003,050$1,311$16,081,864
8Annabelle Comes HomeWarner Bros.$2,660,0001,981$1,343$66,582,201
10Secret Life Of Pets 2, TheUniversal$1,530,0001,380$1,109$151,551,165
11Avengers: EndgameDisney$1,199,000985$1,217$854,216,193
12Farewell, TheA24$1,171,57035$33,473$1,674,997