'Lion King' tops the North American box office with $75.5M

CREDIT Courtesy of Disney

Despite the low expectations, though, Once Upon a Time topped Tarantino's last Brad Pitt starrer, Inglorious Basterds, which had a $38 million opening in 2009. It was well-received with a B CinemaScore and an 85% "fresh" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

The latest installment in the family-friendly Disney/Pixar animation franchise that began in 1995, the movie features the voices of Tom Hanks (Woody) and Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear).

And as long as these movies continue crossing the billion-dollar threshold (as Aladdin has already done this year and as The Lion King, at $962.7 million worldwide, is expected to soon do), that era will continue with no end in sight.

"The Lion King" brought in $75.5 million at the domestic box office and $143 million internationally, bringing its worldwide box office total to $963 million.

"Spider-Man: Far from Home" came in third in its fourth week with $12.2 million. The animated family film brought in $19 million this weekend at the global box office, taking ticket sales to $522 million overseas and $918 million worldwide.

The fifth spot went to Paramount's "Crawl", with $4 million in its third week.

During the week, it became the first "Spider-Man" movie to cross $1 billion globally.

Rounding out the top tier are Yesterday at No. 6 with $3 million, Aladdin at No. 7 with $2.8 million, Stuber at No. 8 with $1.7 million, Annabelle Comes Home at No. 9 with $1.56 million and The Farewell at No. 10 with $1.55 million.

Kino Lorber opened "The Mountain" on two screens to $16, 013 for a per-screen average of $8,0007.

This week, Universal releases "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw", starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, and 1091 opens the thriller "Them That Follow" with Oscar victor Olivia Colman in limited release.



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