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'Lion King' Repeats at #1 While Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time...' Rings Up $40M Debut

by Brad Brevet
 

 
July 28, 2019

While the weekend wasn't quite as large as anticipated, it was still the second straight weekend to top the same weekend last year. Leading the way for a second weekend in a row was Disney's The Lion King as it will soon top $1 billion worldwide, followed by a $40 million debut for Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, serving as the director's largest three-day debut to date. Additionally, A24's The Farewell found a spot in the top ten playing in just 135 locations while both Spider-Man: Far from Home and Aladdin topped $1 billion globally this weekend.

Disney's The Lion King found itself atop the weekend box office yet again, though it fell much harder than expected in its second weekend. With an estimated $75.5 million, the remake of the animated classic dipped -60.6% in its sophomore frame as the film's domestic total now stands over $351 million. While the film did deliver the largest opening weekend when compared to the top Disney Reimaginings, it also resulted in the largest drop among those films, which can be a byproduct of such a large debut. The full story will be told over the coming weekends when it comes to the film's theatrical longevity in the domestic marketplace.

Internationally, the film added another $142.8 million as its overseas total now stands at $611.9 million for a global cume reaching $962.7 million. As we'll detail shortly, this was a weekend for films topping $1 billion globally and The Lion King will be joining that crowd soon enough with plenty more to come as the film has still yet to open in Japan (8/9) and Italy (8/21).

In the runner-up position is Sony's debut of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with an estimated $40.35 million, serving as the largest opening weekend for the director, topping the $38 million opening for Inglourious Basterds back in August 2009. Opening day audiences gave the film a "B" CinemaScore, which is almost a grade point below the "A-" for Django Unchained. The crowd was 54% male and 64% were aged 25 or older.

Sony also landed in third place with Spider-Man: Far from Home with an estimated $12.2 million as it enters its fourth week in release with a domestic cume that now stands just shy of $345 million. To go along with its domestic success, Far from Home topped $1 billion worldwide this weekend thanks to an additional $21 million overseas for an international cume that now stands at $692.4 million and a global tally topping $1.03 billion. The film now stands as the ninth title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to top $1 billion globally and the fourth film this year. This is the first Spider-Man film to ever top $1 billion worldwide.

Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 dropped just -36.5% as it enters is sixth week in release with an estimated $9.87 million for a domestic cume that now totals $395.6 million. Internationally the animated feature added $19.4 million for an overseas cume totaling $522.3 million. The film's global cume now stands at $917.9 million, ranking as the fourth largest Pixar release globally of all-time.

Rounding out the top five is a solid performance from Crawl. The thriller from Paramount and director Alexandre Aja dipped just -34% as it entered its third week in release with an estimated $4 million resulting in a domestic cume that now totals over $31 million. The $13.5 million production also added another $3.4 million internationally for an overseas total that now stands at $14.4 million and a global cume topping $45 million.

Elsewhere in the top ten, A24's release of The Farewell expanded into 135 locations (+100) this weekend and landed a spot in the top ten with an estimated $1.55 million ($11,150 PTA) as the film's domestic cume now stands at $3.7 million as it enters its third week in limited release.

Additionally, along with Spider-Man, Disney's Aladdin also topped $1 billion globally this weekend, adding an additional $2.9 million domestically and another $7.2 million internationally for a global cume that now stands at $1.009 billion. This is the first film in Will Smith's lengthy career to top $1 billion globally and the third among Disney's Live Action Reimaginings so far with The Lion King set to join that crowd later this week.

In limited release, Neon's Honeyland debuted with an estimated $29,999 in two locations; Kino Lorber's The Mountain opened in two theaters with an estimated $16,013; PBS and Frontline's For Sama opened in three locations with an estimated $9,350 ($3,117 PTA); and Magnolia's Mike Wallace is Here debuted in three locations with an estimated $19,500 ($6,500 PTA).

Next weekend Universal continues the Fast & Furious franchise with the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, which will launch in over 4,200 locations.

You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.

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