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Summer Weekend 12 Recap
The Lion King Roars into the Record Books
by LesG
posted Sunday, July 21 @ 1:15 pm

The Summer Box Office got a much-needed boost over the weekend as Disney's The Lion King delivered a July-record premiere with $185M (besting 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 mark of $169.2M). This is also Disney best non-Marvel, non-Star Wars opening of all time (edging out 2017's Beauty and the Beast by $10M). Record numbers aside, however, The Lion King's big debut comes with some less-than-positive indicators. Many predictions had the film cracking the $200M mark on its opening weekend, and a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 54% may not bode well for its long term legs. Still, audiences appear to mostly love it (89% positive at Rotten Tomatoes and an A CinemaScore) so there's still hope that the film can approach, if not surpass, the $504M mark reached by Beauty and the Beast by the end of its run.

Slipping into second place after two weekends at the top, Spider-Man: Far From Home scored another $21M in its third weekend (down 53.7%) for a new total of $319.7M. That puts it just $15M behind Homecoming's total gross—a number it should easily surpass by next weekend.

In third place, Toy Story 4 took in $14.6M in its fifth weekend. That puts the sequel smash at $375.5M, which is a little over $12M more than Toy Story 3 had earned through the same time period.

In fourth place, Crawl clawed its way to $6M in its second weekend—down 50% for a 10-day total of $23.8M—while fifth place went to Yesterday—which dipped just 24% in its fourth weekend for $5.1M and a new total of $57.6M.

Weekend Top 10
The Lion King
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Toy Story 4
Annabelle Comes Home
The Secret Life of Pets 2