Tuesday Am Update, writethru with actuals: With an even mightier roar, Disney
’s The Lion King
came in higher than the Sunday estimate, lapping up a $275.2M weekend at the international box office. The adaptation of the classic animation was No. 1 in all of its 51 opening markets, which joined China after the early bow there last week. Through 10 days, the Jon Favreau
-helmed film grossed $351.8M overseas for $543.6M worldwide when including domestic, where it set a new July record, and also rose in the actuals.
The global launch tally this frame was $446.1M, the 9th biggest of all time. Factoring in China’s $97.5M through Sunday, The Lion King
is already the No. 7 movie of the year worldwide. Disney has five out of the Top 7 titles thus far.
Any concerns this weekend about lukewarm critical response on Lion King started flying out the window as Simba got going mid-week last week.