Disney’s “The Lion King” roared into theaters this weekend, topping the charts and giving Disney another win at the box office. The film opened unopposed this weekend, but movies like “Hobbs & Shaw,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” loom on the horizon to challenge the adaptation in theaters nationwide.
“The Lion King” opened in 4,725 locations this weekend, bringing in $185M and earning $39K per theater. Jon Favreau directed “The Lion King,” and the movie features the voice talents of Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyonce Knowles, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric André, and Billy Eichner. “The Lion King” now has the highest-grossing opening in Disney’s live-action franchise, topping “Beauty and the Beast’s” $174.5M opening in 2017.
“Spider-Man: Far from Home” dropped to second-place on the domestic charts this week, bringing in $21M across 4,415 locations. Now in its third week in theaters, “Spider-Man: Far from Home” made $319.6M domestically. Jon Watts directed “Spider-Man Far From Home,” which stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Disney also took third-place with “Toy Story 4” which had a $14.6M weekend across 3,750 locations. The fourth installment released five weeks ago, and sits with a $375.5M domestic total. Josh Cooley directed “Toy Story 4,” which features the voice talents of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, and Kristen Schaal.
Paramount’s “Crawl” thriller bit off another $6M across 3,170 locations. The thriller now sits with a $23.8M domestic total after two weeks. Alexandre Aja directed “Crawl,” which stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.
The comedy “Yesterday” rounded out the top five at the box office with a $5.1M weekend at 2,662 locations. Now in its fourth week in theaters, the film sits with a $57.5M domestic total. Danny Boyle directed “Yesterday,” and the movie stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, and Sophia Di Martino.
Next weekend, Simba and his friends battle Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. If “The Lion King” wants to take the top spot within Disney’s live-action adaptation franchise, the movie needs to beat “Beauty and the Beast’s” $1.26B worldwide gross in theaters.
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