Jon Favreau's The Lion King roared to an impressive box office haul this weekend with a reported $185 million at the domestic box office.
Although critics were split on The Lion King, audiences didn't seem to care, as the film pumped a much-needed boost into the box office. The movie, which is an update on the animated-classic, earned the biggest domestic launch ever for a PG rated film. This also represents the ninth biggest launch for any film. The Lion King also managed to secure the top start for a July title, beating out previous record-holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Overseas the film took in an additional $269.4 million this weekend from international markets, including Russia, Australia and the entire Latin America region. That's in addition to the $97.5 million The Lion King took in from China last weekend upon launch. As it stands, the international total for the film is $346 million, bringing its global haul to a stunning $531 million.
With Lion King's impressive opening, Spider-Man: Far From Home finally fell to second place in its third weekend. Its total now stands at $319.6 million domestically. That film should easily go on to pass $1 billion at the worldwide box office in the coming weeks.
Director Jon Favreau's The Lion King features the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones. The film is in theaters now.
(via The Hollywood Reporter.)