×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: ‘The Lion King’ Roars Overseas With Mighty $269 Million

Disney’s “The Lion King” certainly felt the love this weekend, generating $269 million at the international box office.

Director Jon Favreau’s remake of the classic Disney cartoon now holds the eighth-biggest debut of all time overseas, and that’s not including the film’s early opening in China last weekend. Combined with a stellar $185 million start in North America, “The Lion King” earned $433 million globally over the weekend and $531 million to date. After 10 days in theaters, “The Lion King” is already the seventh-highest grossing film of the year.

“The Lion King” debuted at No. 1 in all 52 international markets, with particularly strong showings in Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia. In China, “The Lion King” is just shy of the $100 million mark with $98 million in ticket sales. Other top markets include the United Kingdom ($19.9 million), France ($19.6 million), Mexico ($18.7 million), Brazil ($17.9 million), Korea ($17.7 million), and Australia ($17.1 million). It has yet to open in Hong Kong, Japan or Italy.

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” also had a solid weekend overseas, where it amassed $37.2 million from 67 foreign territories. The superhero tentpole has made $651 million at the international box office and $970 million globally. The movie had the best showing in China with $201 million, followed by South Korea with $55 million and the United Kingdom with $34 million.

Popular on Variety

Another Disney title, “Toy Story 4,” ranked third on foreign box office charts with $25 million from 44 markets. After five weeks in theaters, the animated adventure has made $859 million globally, including $483 million at the international box office. It’s the seventh Pixar film to cross $800 million in ticket sales.

More Film

  • ‘Wallace and Gromit’ Studio Aardman to

    ‘Wallace and Gromit’ Studio Aardman to Make Short Film for Netflix

    “Shaun the Sheep” and “Wallace and Gromit” producer Aardman is making “Robin Robin,” a short film, for Netflix. The project marks a move away for Aardman from working with the BBC, which has broadcast the Oscar-winning stop-motion specialist’s hit projects over the years. “Robin Robin,” which will bow around Christmas 2020, is about a bird [...]

  • Graham Norton to Host 2020 BAFTA

    Graham Norton to Host 2020 BAFTA Film Awards Ceremony 

    Popular British talk show host Graham Norton has been tapped to host the 2020 BAFTA Film Awards ceremony. Norton currently fronts the ratings-winning “The Graham Norton Show“ for the BBC. In assuming hosting duties for the upcoming BAFTA ceremony on Feb. 2, he will be taking over from “Absolutely Fabulous“ star Joanna Lumley, who hosted [...]

  • “Facing It,” an eight-minute 30 second

    U.K. Short 'Facing It' Takes Top Prize at 2019 VIEW Awards

    “Facing It,” a claymation/live-action film about how relationships mold people, has won the 2019 VIEW Conference Award for best short film. The film was written and directed by Sam Gainsborough and co-written by Louisa Wood and produced at the National Film and Television School’s Beaconsfield Studio in Beaconsfield, U.K. The VIEW Awards are an offshoot [...]

  • THE CINEMA' 'FRAILTY AT LAEMMLE' FILM

    Laemmle Theatres Arthouse Chain No Longer Seeking Buyer

    Los Angeles-based arthouse chain Laemmle Theatres has stopped seeking a buyer, four months after putting itself on the sales block amid slow sales. Greg Laemmle, president of the 81-year-old exhibitor, announced the development Thursday. He told Variety that discussions with an unidentified buyer had reached an advanced stage but fell apart and that there has [...]

  • Morgan Freeman Lori McCreary Gary Lucchesi

    Film News Roundup: Morgan Freeman's Revelations Teams With Gary Lucchesi for Production Venture

    In today’s film news roundup, Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi are teaming up; Zolee Griggs, Sara Rue and Ed Quinn are cast; and “Clementine” finds a home. JOINT VENTURE Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment is teaming with former Lakeshore Entertainment president Gary Lucchesi for a joint production venture. Lucchesi will develop [...]

  • 'When Lambs Become Lions' Review: A

    Film Review: 'When Lambs Become Lions'

    “For us, ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants,” says Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta in a televised statement, shortly before several vast hauls of severed elephant tusks — ornately piled like sacred shrines — is ceremoniously set ablaze. It’s a confiscated collection that, Kenyatta tells his audience, is worth $150 million, literally going [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content