Disney has done it once again.
“The Lion King” opened on Friday with a massive $78.5 million in domestic ticket sales, securing the 10th best single-day opening of all time to replace “Black Panther”, which previously held that honour.
By Sunday, reports MSNBC, that number had expanded to a whopping $185 million, marking the biggest July opening in movie history. In addition, the film raked in an additional $269 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $531 million globally in its opening weekend.
The film — which features the voice talent of Beyoncé, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover and James Earl Jones — exceeded expectations, which predicted the film would earn $175 million domestically.
The record for the most earnings in the first 24 hours goes to another Disney owned movie — “Avengers: Endgame”, with $157.5 million. That also means that Disney holds seven of the top 10 spots, four of those are Marvel films and two from the “Star Wars” franchise.
With “The Lion King” easily taking the weekend’s top spot at the box office, coming in second place is Sony’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, followed by Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 4”.