Despite its status as an all-time Disney classic it’s still somewhat surprising at the speed at which the animated remake of 1994’s The Lion King has stacked up its money at the box office. In just 24 days on release, the film has brought in $1,334,603,826, far outstripping the $968,483,777 the original made (unadjusted of course) and hurling it up the all-time worldwide chart to number 12, where it has just passed The Last Jedi on $1,332,539,889.
This coming week will see it pass Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Black Panther to enter the all-time top ten with Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead on $1,405,403,694, with an outside shot of reeling in Furious 7 and Marvel’s The Avengers in 7th place.
On the inflation adjusted chart, the original Lion King is in 20th position with $803,209,300, just behind Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace on $813,711,800 adjusted. Avengers: Endgame lies in 16th on $857,916,768, just ahead of Return of the Jedi in 17th on $847,475,300 and just behind Avatar in 15th with $876,759,300.
So far in 2019, four of the five highest grossing films worldwide are Disney epics, with only the Sony made Spider-Man: Far from Home (which is a part of the MCU) crashing the party.
1. Avengers: Endgame $2,795,092,335
2. The Lion King $1,334,603,826
3. Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794
4. Spider-Man: Far from Home $1,096,972,490
5. Aladdin (2019) $1,035,274,26
- Various Artists, The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Walt Disney Records
- Audio CD