News // DISNEY HAS ANOTHER HIT WITH 'THE LION KING' REBOOT

Avengers: Endgame has become the highest-grossing film in history.



In what's become almost a joke of reality, Disney has the number one film of the weekend. The studio has become an even larger juggernaut than it already was, as of late, with live-action reboots, animated hits, and superhero movies earning the most money this year.


With The Lion King (#1), Disney set some new records. The photorealistic reboot of the beloved animated classic earned $185 million in its opening slate, eclipsing the entire box office gross of all films out during the same weekend last year. The $185 million sets a new July opening weekend record. It's the second-largest opening of the year and the seventh-largest opening of all time.


The film, which features the voices of Donald Glover and Beyonce, opened in 4,725 locations, which was a new wide-release record.


Last weekend's number one film fell to second place. Spider-Man: Far from Home (#2) has now picked up over $320 million, domestically.


In limited release, The Art of Self-Defense (#13) expanded into 550 locations, earning $1.05 million. David Crosby: Remember My Name (#32) picked up $41,050 from four locations.


The biggest news, outside of The Lion King, was that Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (#11) finally passed Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time.


Leaving the Top Ten this weekend is sci-fi comedy adventure Men in Black International (#16).


Next weekend, Quentin Tarantino's ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is tracking well and should do some impressive box office damage.


TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)


1. THE LION KING - $185 million

2. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - $21 million

3. TOY STORY 4 - $14.6 million

4. CRAWL - $6 million

5. YESTERDAY - $5.1 million

6. STUBER - $4 million

7. ALADDIN - $3.8 million

8. ANNABELLE COMES HOME - $2.6 million

9. MIDSOMMAR - $1.59 million

10. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 - $1.53 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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