The Lion King (2019) repeats at #1 & Disney breaks the global box office record (a record it set)
The Lion King (2019) repeated at #1 over the weekend as it roars towards $1bn and helps Disney break the 2016 global box office revenue record for a single studio set by itself.
Within days, The Lion King (2019) will become the fourth Disney movie of 2019 to break the $1bn barrier after Aladdin (2019) crossed the line late last week. Spider-Man: Far from Home also swung past the $1bn mark prior to the weekend and, even though it's a Sony Pictures release, it is part of the MCU so riding the Marvel Studios wave, meaning Disney (directly or through one of its subsidiaries) has a hand in all 6 of the highest-grossing movies of 2019. The three MCU films released in 2019 have now grossed $4,958,177,813 and take up the top 3 spots on the Worldwide charts. Plus, Toy Story 4's school holidays bounce will push that film to hit $1bn.
Top 6 Movies Worldwide 2019 so far...
1. Avengers: Endgame $2,793,047,749*
2. Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794
3. Spider-Man: Far from Home $1,036,855,270*
4. Aladdin (2019) $1,009,728,586*
5. The Lion King $962,675,534*
6. Toy Story 4 $917,928,506*
*still in theatres
Disney is dominating the box office again (accounting for 45% of the global box office take) and Disney releases have grossed a record-breaking $7.67bn in 2019; beating its previous record of $7.61bn set in 2016. This record revenue is set to go off the charts as Disney's slate still boasts 'Frozen 2' and 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' which hit theatres later this year. The studio in second place so far is Warner Bros. with ~$2bn.
Domestic Box Office (est.) 26 to 28 July:
1. The Lion King $75.52m
2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $40.35m (N/R)
3. Spider-Man: Far from Home $12.2m
4. Toy Story 4 $9.87m
5. Crawl $4m
(N/R) = New Release
The Lion King:
Disney's The Lion King (2019) dropped off -60.6% over the weekend, pulling in $75.52m at the domestic box office. The drop-off is greater than the -53.2% experienced by Aladdin (2019), yet it made no difference due to the scale of its domestic debut ($191.7m) and solid weekday trade.
With a total domestic haul of $350.7m and $611.9m from international markets, The Lion King (2019) is already sitting on $962.6m globally after only a couple of weeks, with it still to open in Japan and Italy.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood:
Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood debuted in second place domestically to $40.3m. This result topped the $30.1m opening of Django Unchained (2012) and the $38.05m debut of Inglourious Basterds (2009).
Spider-Man: Far from Home:
Late last week, Spider-Man: Far from Home became the first film in the Spidey franchise to cross the $1bn mark, unadjusted for inflation.
Spider-Man Film Worldwide Box Office (unadjusted):
1. Spider-Man: Far from Home $1.037bn
2. Spider-Man 3 $890.9m
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming $880.2m
4. Spider-Man $821.7m
5. Spider-Man 2 $783.8m
6. The Amazing Spider-Man $757.9m
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $709.0m
8. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $375.5m
Toy Story 4:
Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 dipped just -36.5% as it continues to hold well. With a domestic cume of $395.6m
and $522.3m internationally, the worldwide total of $917.9m currently makes it the 4th highest-grossing Pixar movie globally not adjusted for inflation. With the school holidays, expect Toy Story 4 to cross $1bn by next Monday.
Finally, Paramount's Crawl, the summer's sleeper hit, keeps chugging along with a -34.4% drop-off in its third weekend. While the film's gross is far from the figures of the previous films, it's consistently brining in audiences looking for some summer counter-programming. Produced on a $13.5m budget, the original gator thriller has pulled in $45.8m worldwide ($31.4m dom. and $14.4m int.) with dozens of markets, including the UK, still to open.
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