Published: Thu, August 01, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

‘The Lion King’ becomes Disney’s fourth billion-dollar film of 2019

‘The Lion King’ becomes Disney’s fourth billion-dollar film of 2019

Its $40m (£32.4m) nudges it ahead of 2009's Inglourious Basterds' $38m (£31m) debut and Django Unchained's $30m (£24.3m) opening in 2012. "Avengers: Endgame" has now grossed over $2.793 billion at the worldwide box office and is the reigning all-time champ at the box office. The film has earned $963.7 million in its opening weeks both domestic and globally.

Although reviews were mixed for Jon Favreau's remake of the 1994 animated film, the audience still turned out in droves to hear the voice cast, from Beyonce to Donald Glover.

It follows DiCaprio and Pitt as an ageing actor and his long-time stunt double. The drama, which pays tribute to the golden age of Hollywood, is set in the late 1960s against the backdrop of the Manson family murders. After entering the Rs 100 crore club over the weekend, the movie is now eyeing to mint at Rs 150 crore from the India box office.

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"Spider-Man: Far from Home" - which continues where "Endgame" left off and stars Tom Holland as the Marvel superhero - came in third in its fourth week with $12.5 million. It has now passed the domestic totals of 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" ($334 million) and Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3" ($336 million). Toy Story 4 is likely to gross more than $1 billion by the end of its theatrical run thanks to strong reception. The film so far has hauled around 137 Crores at the box office in India alone, while it was released in English, Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. With major summer releases slowing as fall approaches the only real competition it has opening next weekend is "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw".

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