The Lion King is the Alpha of the Box Office with $433 Million Worldwide!
While San Diego Comic-Con chugged along with endless announcements, the box office soared to record heights for the month of July as Walt Disney Pictures’ The Lion King opened to an estimated $185 million domestically, a record for both the month of July and a PG-rated movie. The film also debuted to the highest opening ever for a Walt Disney Studios release outside of Marvel and Lucasfilm, topping both Incredibles 2 ($182.7 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($174.7 million). Internationally the film brought in an estimated $269 million for a global weekend of $433 million, the 9th highest global opening of all time. Coupled with its earlier totals from opening early in China, the movie has brought in $531 million in 10 days, making it the #7 movie of the year. RealD also reports that 36% of the film’s worldwide total comes from audiences watching the film in the 3D format. If the film’s trajectory continues, it will no doubt crack the top 5 releases of the year (the top four of which already belong to Disney).
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Far From Home slipped into second place for the weekend, bringing in an estimated $21 million for a domestic total of $319 million, putting it just behind Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s domestic haul of $334 million). Internationally the sequel has brought in $569 million for a global total of $889 million, pushing it past Homecoming and just behind 2007’s Spider-Man 3 which brought in $890.9 million worldwide (adjusted for inflation that total climbs to $1.1 billion, which is behind the original Spider-Man’s adjusted global total of $1.169 billion (originally $821.7 million in 2002)).
Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 fell to third place with $14.6 million domestically and another $25.8 million internationally. In the US the film sits at $375.5 million, coupled with its international total of $483.9 million, the sequel has brought in $859.4 million worldwide. The film is still the second highest grossing Toy Story movie both worldwide and domestic; however with inflation adjustments accounted for, the sequel remains the lowest grossing of the series.
Paramount Pictures’ creature feature Crawl dipped into fourth place but still managed a $6 million haul, giving it a domestic total of $23.8 million and putting the film pretty firmly in the green after its reported production budget of $13.5 milllion. Internationally the movie added another $2.7 million for an international total of $9.9 million, givnig it a global total of $33.7 million.
Danny Boyle’s Beatles-inspired movie Yesterday continues to dominate as counter programming, holding onto the fifth place spot and dropping just 24% with a $5.1 million haul. The film’s domestic total now sits at $57.59 million. Internationally the film has brought in $40.6 million for a worldwide total of $98.19 million. Produced on a reported budget of $26 million, the fantasy rom-com has maintained good legs since its debut.