‘The Lion King’ Roars Into Theatres With Record-Setting $185 Million Opening Weekend

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.

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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.

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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”.

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