THE LION KING MADE ANOTHER $1.33 MILLION IN NORTH AMERICA ON TUESDAY, WHICH IS A JUMP OF 61 PERCENT FROM THE MONDAY GROSS PROFIT OF $825,136.
That was the Disney movie’s first day earning under $1 million, also absent the now-expected Tuesday jump, that Sunday would have been its final $1 million-plus day (barring a reissue of some kind). So yesterday was its 1 million-plus afternoon, and also the Tuesday lumps are currently complicating things for weirdos like me that keep track of how much time it takes large films to fall below $1 million on a day-to-day basis.
THAT BRINGS THE DOMESTIC CUME OF THE FILM TO $512.7 MILLION IN 40 DAYS OF RELEASE.
And it has earned a robust $1.0119 billion abroad, giving it a current worldwide cume of $1.5246 billion. That’s a 33.6/66.4 domestic/overseas divide and also above the 1.516 billion cume (sans 3-D) of Universal’s Furious 7 back in 2015 along with the $1.519 billion cume of The Avengers at 2012. The Lion King is your seventh-biggest worldwide grosser, sans inflation, 3-D lumps, overseas exchange prices or Chinese growth, sometime in the next 24 hours.
And, Yes, the film is the apocalyptic film (and just the seventh because ancient 2015) to cross $1 billion in foreign earnings. Ahead of 2015, it had happened just twice, with James Cameron’s Titanic and James Cameron’s Avatar. Since then, we found it thrice in 2015 (Furious 7, Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens), after in 2017 (Fate of the Furious), after in 2018 (Avengers: Infinity War) and now twice in 2019 (Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King).
THE INFLUX OF FOREIGN AND 3-D FOSTERED”MEGA-MOVIES” HAS BEEN ALMOST ENTIRELY TO THE BENEFIT OF DISNEY AND UNIVERSAL.
We went 4.5 years without a single non-Disney/Universal $1 billion-plus earner involving Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction at June of 2014 and Warner Bros.’ Aquaman at December of 2018. The two Aquaman and Spider-Man: Far From Home (now Sony’s largest global grosser with $1.116 billion) obtained there largely because China has become every bit as obsessed with cinematic superheroes, especially the solo films (Avengers films have always been large ) over the past year.
IF IT DOESN’T HAPPEN SOONER,
I would bet the tenth such movie to make $1 billion abroad may be Universal’s Fast & Furious 9 second May, which could (emphasis on”could”) become the first movie to earn $1 billion-plus worldwide without costing $200 million in North America. In the very least, The Lion King’s $1 billion-plus overseas grosses, using”only” $120 million in China no less, shows this isn’t only about American nostalgia. For those who have less affection to the 1994 Disney toon, The Lion King still looked and played just like the large, sprawling, epic action melodrama with some next-level computer animation in service of all (comparisons to the animated film and my critical opinions notwithstanding) a pretty psychedelic narrative.
THE FILM HAS SCORED WITH IRREGULAR MOVIEGOERS.
I have to Believe that a few of its success is rooted in the idea of a big-budget ($165 million) African kings-princes-and-usurpers melodrama with an almost entirely black cast at its center. Contemplating Dark Panther’s surface-level similarities (along with ideas and topics from the 007 franchise, The Godfather and the Thor sequels), it is not exactly the zaniest idea that some people who made many return trips to Wakanda also did to reevaluate The Pride Lands after opening weekend.
LIKE ALADDIN, THE LION KING HAS SEEN JUMPS THAT WERE HUGE THROUGHOUT ITS NATIONAL RUN.
Its first six individual Tuesdays have increased, compared to the previous day/Monday gross, 44.4%, 65.8%, 52.1%, 56.3%, 50.6% and 61 percent. Like Aladdin, the movie is doing well as a”Let’s use economical ticket Tuesday to take the kids to some movie we know they’ll like,” either for repeat viewings or bringing together folks who have not gotten around to seeing it. And, yes, this explains why less popular child flicks, such as Dora and the Lost City of Gold which jumped 90% yesterday, take big jumps on Tuesday.
Yes, I’m disappointed that The Lion King has Run roughshod above a few surprisingly great kid flicks. I do wish moviegoers could have found time and money to find The Lion King and Dora and the Lost City of Gold, The Angry Birds Movie two and/or Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, all of which will likely end up with less than $65 million nationally each. To be fair, one of these movies might have appeared too scary for young children, although the other two proven to be expected.
AND IF MOVIEGOERS DON’T GO TO THE MOVIES ALL THAT OFTEN,
They want the Type of”sure thing” This year, most of those”sure things” were out of Disney and/or the MCU. We’ll see how that affects when the Other studios throw their larger guns against the Mouse House. Regardless, The Lion King is currently the seventh-biggest grosser of all time, sans inflation, and is formally the second-biggest grossing movie (behind Jurassic World’s $1.671 billion gross) that isn’t a James Cameron epic, an Avengers movie or a Star Wars movie.