Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office: The Lion King Brings The July Heat With Record $185 Million

Let's just say Disney had a very good weekend.

by | July 21, 2019 | Comments

Last week the yearly box office fell behind the past four years with a margin of 9.1% down from the record-breaking year of 2018. Well, like Jurassic World before it, never count out the nostalgia of new parents and never count out the box office when it comes to big spectacles like The Lion KingIt just became the biggest July opener of all-time and this weekend’s top 10 represents one of the best July weekends in box office history.

The Lion King of the Crop: $185 Million Grubbed Up

(Photo by Disney)

Tracking services hit it right on the nose as Lion King hauled in $185 million. That is the 9th highest opening weekend in film history and the best ever in the month of July beating the 2011 record set by the $169.1 million of the final Harry Potter chapter. Disney now owns 12 of the top 13 openings of all-time with that pesky Jurassic World stuck right in the middle of their cash buffet. None of those 12 other films grossed less than $400 million and The Lion King is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Audiences appear to love it while critics are pretty split with a 55% on the Tomatometer. Even if they do have LARF (Live-Action-Reimagining-Fatigue) in a year that has already seen Dumbo (46%) and Aladdin (56%), these are the same critics who gave Jon Favreau’s CGI-enhanced remake of The Jungle Book a 94%. So it’s still all in the execution. But it will be left up to moviegoers across the world to determine whether it can make the $1.347 billion necessary to earn a spot in the all-time top 10. After three days of domestic release and 10 globally, The Lion King has grossed $531 million so far, the 7th best total of 2019.

The Record Has Fallen: Avengers: Endgame Beats Avatar

(Photo by Marvel Studios)

In 1975 it was Steven Spielberg and Jaws. Two years later it was George Lucas and Star Wars. 1982 comes along and Spielberg regains the throne with E.T.  In 1993 Spielberg replaces himself with Jurassic Park. The next phenomenon in 1997-98 was Titanic. Cameron then pulled a Spielberg and Avatar bested Titanic in 2009-10. Three directors have held the box office record for 44 years. This weekend two more joined the fray as Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Endgame passed Avatar as the highest grossing film in the world of all time. The film was $37 million away from the record when Endgame was re-issued into theaters with some additional material. The final numbers were not out this weekend when Kevin Feige made the announcement that there was a new no. 1 during Marvel’s panel at the San Diego Comic-Con Saturday night. As of Sunday, Avengers: Endgame has grossed an estimated $854.21 million domestic and $2.790 billion worldwide. When the final estimates come in on Monday, Avengers: Endgame will officially take its place in history.

Top 10 and Beyond: Far From Home Close To Record

Spider-Man: Far From Home
(Photo by © Columbia Pictures / © Marvel Studios/ Courtesy Everett Collection)

Spider-Man: Far From Home made $21 million over the weekend, and is estimated to be at $319.7 million overall. That’s $24 million ahead of the pace of Sam Raimi’s 2002 origin tale, which is still the only Spider-Man film to cross the $400 million line. Far From Home has grossed $889.5 million worldwide, over $9 million more than Spider-Man: Homecoming made in its entire run and less than $2 million behind Spider-Man 3 which is the highest-grossing Spidey film ever. Until Monday.

Toy Story 4 is at $374.3 million as of Sunday after a $13.4 million weekend. One full month into release. That is the 20th highest in history, just ahead of Captain Marvel’s $373.8 million. Disney’s Aladdin also just passed the 1994 Lion King for its spot on the all-time worldwide chart after this weekend’s $3.8 million weekend. It is now 40th all-time with $988 million with a billion dollars in its sights.

As for last week’s releases, Crawl looks like it will outgross Lake Placid’s 1999 haul of $31.7 million, suggesting a final haul around $35-$38 million. That along with a few international dollars will be enough to get the $13.5 million production into profit. The same cannot be said for Stuber which is actually on about the same track as Midsommar, both between $15.9 and $16.1 million after 10 days. Midsommar is up to $22.48 million in its third weekend and both are headed in the realm of $25 million each. Danny Boyle’s Yesterday could now be headed north of $70 million, after this weekend’s haul of $5.1 million.

Keeping an eye on what has potential to be the indie success story of the summer, Lulu Wang’s The Farewell was expanded into 35 theaters by A24 and grossed $1.17 million. That puts the film in league with The Kids Are All Right ($1.06 million / 38 theaters), The Favourite ($1.07 / 34), Boyhood ($1.17 / 34), and Lady Bird ($1.19 / 37).

This Time Last Year: Sequels….Here We Go Again!

(Photo by © Sony Pictures Releasing)

There was a close race for the top spot at the box office but Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2 edged out Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again $36.01 to $34.95 million. Another sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web, barely made the top 10, making $3.65 million for a ninth-place finish. Even the race for the middle was decided by less than a million between Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($11.26 million), Skyscraper ($11.36 million), and Incredibles 2 ($11.89 million). The top 10 films grossed $157.37 million and averaged 67.4% on the Tomatometer. This year’s top 10 grossed an estimated $245.28 million and averaged 69.3%. That total ranks as the third best top 10 weekend ever in July. It is behind only July 18-20, 2008 ($250.97 million) when The Dark Knight ruled and July 15-17, 2011 when the previous singular July record-holder (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2) helped charge the top 10 to $248.55 million.

On the Vine: The Return of Quentin Tarantino

(Photo by © Sony Pictures Releasing)
QT takes audiences to a temporal junction point of change in this country and the film industry with Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood, going back 50 years to a time of moon landings, summers of love, and the Manson murders. It is currently at 92% on the Tomatometer, which is tied with the filmmaker’s highest-scored effort to date, 1994’s Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction.

The Full Top 10: Jul 19-21

  1. The Lion King (2019) 53% – $185.00 million ($185.00 million total)
  2. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) 91%$21.00 million ($319.65 million total)
  3. Toy Story 4 (2019) 97%$14.60 million ($375.53 million total)
  4. Crawl (2019) 83%$6.00 million ($23.83 million total)
  5. Yesterday (2019) 63%$5.10 million ($57.59 million total)
  6. Stuber (2019) 41%$4.00 million ($16.08 million total)
  7. Aladdin (2019) 57%$3.80 million ($340.04 million total)
  8. Annabelle Comes Home (2019) 65%$2.66 million ($22.48 million total)
  9. Midsommar (2019) 83%$1.59 million ($18.40 million total)
  10. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) 60%$1.53 million ($151.55 million total)

Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on WGN Radio with Nick Digilio as well as on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

zombie Ghostbusters VOD 45 book Emmys Video Games canceled Baby Yoda Calendar crime Horror police drama richard e. Grant Musicals vampires Binge Guide Lifetime Christmas movies Pop TV Pirates Sneak Peek Emmy Nominations FXX Mudbound talk show ESPN cartoon screen actors guild Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Fox News Discovery Channel movie Best and Worst Film Festival Cosplay MCU TV Land all-time technology 20th Century Fox Women's History Month Acorn TV Country strong female leads Comedy television cooking based on movie Cartoon Network WarnerMedia CBS All Access TCM green book comiccon Rocketman Mystery mission: impossible GIFs TLC spanish language Heroines Marvel Television Amazon Prime Video children's TV Dark Horse Comics 4/20 Musical YouTube Red Fantasy Toys zero dark thirty Avengers franchise diversity See It Skip It Polls and Games sports Logo docudrama Apple TV Plus DC streaming service 2020 cancelled TV series Music CBS series Podcast Warner Bros. war slashers Teen rotten movies we love Lionsgate Animation Mary poppins Shondaland crime drama Opinion facebook San Diego Comic-Con ghosts critics Brie Larson zombies Travel Channel History Universal cinemax period drama The Walking Dead E3 TV renewals USA Song of Ice and Fire child's play streaming A&E NBC boxoffice Funimation spain romantic comedy Showtime Star Trek WGN Britbox comics HBO Go IFC Films SXSW Writers Guild of America sag awards harry potter sequel Black Mirror Sundance Now Holidays screenings Paramount Network Sci-Fi Comic Book versus BBC America Action Election Tarantino Chernobyl 2015 ratings Photos biography political drama justice league revenge First Look reviews Schedule The Purge dragons Comics on TV historical drama satire Peacock LGBTQ Marvel batman National Geographic Comedy Central Hallmark Drama YouTube Premium GoT Star Wars DC Comics anthology festivals A24 Countdown FOX APB 007 Superheroe MSNBC 2016 Mindy Kaling Disney Plus Amazon Studios aliens El Rey thriller discovery politics SDCC Shudder space canceled TV shows Spectrum Originals disaster VH1 Spike Netflix Christmas movies sitcom USA Network Reality Competition RT History Rom-Com Columbia Pictures cancelled television YA Red Carpet doctor who NYCC die hard Tubi BBC One blaxploitation Disney streaming service spy thriller medical drama TCA Winter 2020 game show The CW kids Lucasfilm Certified Fresh Lifetime Character Guide independent toy story dark Winter TV binge GLAAD Marvel Studios witnail miniseries MTV documentaries comedies Tomatazos cars Crackle Disney romance theme song Nominations DirecTV Television Academy tv talk Reality spider-man stoner a nightmare on elm street Mary Poppins Returns TBS Apple TV+ Pixar Syfy Pop what to watch blockbuster adventure Sundance TV Endgame social media Disney+ Disney Plus PaleyFest composers singing competition supernatural jamie lee curtis Starz dogs unscripted Rock New York Comic Con south america finale Food Network travel golden globes free movies name the review Bravo cults TCA Thanksgiving Black History Month dc Super Bowl Set visit Arrowverse Winners Stephen King mutant YouTube ABC Classic Film HBO CW Seed Crunchyroll DC Universe Walt Disney Pictures films Hulu Year in Review Elton John Ovation Hallmark Christmas movies 24 frames nature 2018 Vudu Grammys criterion Freeform Quiz Awards Biopics transformers CMT Captain marvel Nickelodeon directors Extras anime IFC latino Marathons cancelled X-Men comic Ellie Kemper Esquire reboot Amazon cops Martial Arts Box Office American Society of Cinematographers OWN Amazon Prime Paramount BAFTA twilight Sony Pictures psychological thriller concert Adult Swim stand-up comedy Oscars hist dceu ITV Family Mary Tyler Moore Fall TV SundanceTV parents teaser video on demand serial killer Anna Paquin Netflix universal monsters foreign crossover breaking bad natural history Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Watching Series DGA Academy Awards HBO Max 2017 christmas movies adaptation best Epix Summer 71st Emmy Awards E! TIFF Premiere Dates Trivia Pet Sematary RT21 TCA 2017 documentary psycho true crime 2019 movies Sundance TV Turner PlayStation science fiction The Witch Infographic Apple Creative Arts Emmys elevated horror cancelled TV shows scary movies Nat Geo Disney Channel Valentine's Day PBS asian-american cats OneApp TruTV Awards Tour Cannes Trailer mockumentary Masterpiece TNT dramedy BBC animated werewolf AMC video news Christmas spinoff 21st Century Fox ABC Family Spring TV Pride Month FX on Hulu Turner Classic Movies Tumblr casting LGBT indie quibi Rocky halloween VICE The Arrangement award winner crime thriller Interview indiana jones Superheroes game of thrones Trophy Talk hispanic robots joker Hear Us Out Western chucky Kids & Family Holiday CNN renewed TV shows FX First Reviews BET Awards Film BET President