The Lion King Roars into Cinemas with a $185m Domestic Debut
Disney's The Lion King (2019), directed by Jon Favreau, hit theatres over the weekend with a roar!
Once again, Disney reign. Another mega weekend at the box office was driven by movies from Disney and its subsidiaries/partners.
Disney's 'The Lion King' roared into theatres claiming top spot both domestically and internationally. 'Avengers: Endgame' surpassed 2009's 'Avatar' to become the highest-grossing motion picture of all-time worldwide (not adjusted for inflation). Sony Pictures' 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' (working with Marvel Studios) is less than $30m away from breaking $1bn and 'Toy Story 4' should pass $900m worldwide and make a play for $1bn if it stays around a couple more weeks.
Domestic Box Office (est.) 19 to 21 July:
1. The Lion King $185m (N/R)
2. Spider-Man: Far from Home $21m
3. Toy Story 4 $14.6m
4. Crawl $6m
5. Yesterday $5.1m
(N/R) = New Release
The Lion King (2019):
Disney's 'The Lion King' (2019), directed by Jon Favreau, hit theatres over the weekend with a roar, scoring a $185m domestic debut and $269m from international markets giving the reimagining a worldwide "debut" of $454m. The film had already debuted in China the weekend prior, delivering $54.7m.
The $185m debut set a new July domestic opening weekend record, topping the $169.1m generated of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' in 2011.
Spider-Man: Far From Home:
Taking the second spot over the weekend was Sony Pictures' MCU entry, 'Spider-Man: Far from Home'. After adding an additional $21m domestically, the final film of Phase 3 has now amassed $970.7m globally - $319.6m domestic and $651.1m internationally. Unadjusted for inflation, 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' is now the highest-grossing solo 'Spidey' film-to-date, surpassing 2007's 'Spider-Man 3' which generated $890.9m internationally. Domestically, adjusted for inflation, 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' sits in fifth spot on the 'Spider-Man' solo charts.
'Spider-Man' Movies Domestic Chart Adjusted for Inflation:
1. Spider-Man $626m
2. Spider-Man 2 $542m
3. Spider-Man 3 $440.7m
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming $337.1m
5. Spider-Man: Far from Home $319.6m
6. The Amazing Spider-Man $303.4m
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $219.5m
8. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $190m
Toy Story 4:
Disney/Pixar's 'Toy Story 4' dropped-off -30.3% pulling in $14.6m domestically taking it to $375.5m at the North American box office and, with $483.9m internationally, the fourth adventure in the franchise has grossed $859.4m worldwide.
Unadjusted for inflation, the film is the second most successful movie in the series globally, behind 2010's 'Toy Story 3' on $1.067bn.
'Toy Story' Movies Domestic Chart Adjusted for Inflation:
1. Toy Story 3 $480.6m
2. Toy Story 2 $431m
3. Toy Story $395.2m
4. Toy Story 4 $375.5m
Paramount's 'gator flick 'Crawl' brought in $6m over a crowded weekend offering some counter-programming to the four-quadrant fare, taking its domestic tally to $23.8m with limited international markets totalling $9.9m for a worldwide gross of $33.7m, against a $13.5m production budget, with more markets set to open over the coming weeks including the UK (opens 23 August).
Still holding in the top 5 is Danny Boyle's jukebox comedy 'Yesterday', once again offering some counter-programming. Set against a $26m production budget, the movie's cume is $98.19m worldwide ($57.5m dom. and $40.6m int.).
'Avengers: Endgame' has now surpassed James Cameron's 'Avatar' (2009) at the global box office - not adjusted for inflation.
'Avatar' grossed a record-setting $2,789,700,000 worldwide, including re-releases, and it looked as if Marvel Studios' epic conclusion to the 'Infinity Saga' could fall agonisingly short of toppling it after the special edition re-release prior to the debut of 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' failed to generate mega numbers. However, even though it may have taken a bit longer, 'Avengers: Endgame' is now atop the all-time worldwide box office chart... it was inevitable.
Going into the weekend, 'Endgame' was sitting on a global haul of $2,789.2bn, just half a million short of first place, but it managed to generate enough over the weekend to hit $2,790,216,193, clawing its way past 2009's sci-fi mega-hit.
There is a curious case of the inflation regarding 'Avatar', which is calculated as standard, however, 'Avatar' may indeed be a major film that requires a deflation calculation. Tickets to 'Avatar' were rather expensive for the time and based on current average prices, with many cinemas lowering their prices, in the UK at least, a ticket to 'Avatar' in 2009 would have cost around £13-16, whereas a 2019 ticket to 'Endgame' can set you back between £4.99 and £8.99+. It requires far much research to lockdown but it's interesting.
Top 5 Movies Worldwide 2019 so far...
1. Avengers: Endgame $2,790,216,193
2. Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794
3. Aladdin (2019) $988,840,714
4. Spider-Man: Far from Home $970,759,412
5. Toy Story 4 $859,433,349
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