New 'Lion King' soars at box office

LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles Times correspondents (tca/dpa)- Disney continued its box office winning streak over the weekend as the studio's live-action adaptation of "The Lion King" roared into theaters to the tune of 185 million dollars in North American receipts, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.
Analysts had pegged the film to open between 150 and 175 million dollars. Internationally, the film made 269.4 million this weekend for a global cumulative of 531 million to date, 25.2 million of which came from IMAX tickets.

A photorealistic version of the animated 1994 musical, "The Lion King" was met with mixed reception with an A CinemaScore and a 55 per cent "rotten" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
Disney's grosses have accounted for roughly 35 per cent of the year's domestic ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo, not counting the Fox films it has distributed. In fact, the studio has been behind four of the top five movies at the global box office this year: "Captain Marvel," "Aladdin," "Toy Story 4" and "Avengers: Endgame," which surpassed "Avatar" on Saturday as the top-grossing global release of all time with 2.79 billion dollars. The fifth, Sony's "Spider-Man: Far From Home," was co-produced by Disney's Marvel Studios.
"Far From Home" finished in second place for the weekend, adding 21 million dollars in its third weekend for a cumulative 319.7 million dollars.

Monday, July 22nd 2019
Los Angeles Times correspondents (tca/dpa)

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