Lion King Roars to Another Win

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Quentin Tarantino’s Hollywood (circa 1969) is a place of beauty, decay and brutality. A little like a jungle. But while his characters fit in that world like a hand in glove, you know who’s the real king of the jungle.

The Lion King took its second-straight win this weekend, topping Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood to keep the box-office crown within its paws. The Disney remake earned an estimated $75.5 million, pushing its North American tally to $350.8 million. That makes it the year’s fourth-biggest film, pushing past Aladdin ($345.9 million) and trailing just Avengers: Endgame ($856.5 million), Captain Marvel ($426.8 million) and Toy Story 4 ($395.6 million). All of those top five are, incidentally, from the House of Mouse.

The Lion King’s continued success helped Disney set another record, by the way. The studio has now earned $7.67 billion in 2019, according to Variety, which is the most money ever earned by a single studio in a single year. (Disney broke its own record, incidentally: It set the old mark of $7.61 billion in 2016.) And keep in mind, it’s only July. Disney still has a few big flicks on its 2019 docket, including Frozen 2, a new Maleficent movie and a little thing called Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker.

Despite finishing second, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood had a comparatively strong start, too. The R-rated film earned an estimated $40.3 million, Tarantino’s best opening weekend ever.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the only superhero representative in the top five this weekend. Banking another $12.2 million, Far From Home has now earned $344.5 million domestically. Add in its overseas receipts, and Sony’s Spidey cinematic spectacular has earned more than $1 billion—the ninth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to cross that lucrative threshold.

Toy Story 4 continues to pad its box-office bottom line, too. Audiences forked over another $9.9 million this weekend. I’d imagine that’d be enough for Mr. Potato Head to switch into his happy eyes.

Crawl closes out the top five with a massive chomp, chewing about $4 million worth of box-office tickets. Better that than the ticket-takers, I say.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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