The Lion King becomes biggest U.S. July opening ever


The Lion King remake has roared to the top of the U.S. box office to become the biggest July opening ever.

The film has clawed its way to number one with an estimated $185 million first weekend haul to beat the record set by 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 by almost $16 million.

Experts predict when all film grosses for the weekend have been counted, Jon Favreau‘s new live-action Disney masterpiece will have made more than $123 million more than the rest of the North American box office top 10 put together.

Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into second place with $21 million, taking its three-week total to $320.5 million, while Toy Story 4 comes in at three, ahead of Crawl and Yesterday.

Meanwhile, The Lion King will land another record on Monday (July 22, 2019) when the film opens in 4,725 U.S. cinemas, becoming the widest domestic theatrical release of all-time.

The film has also snagged $269 million over the weekend for a global haul of $433 million. The film opened in China last weekend and has now made a total of $531 million.