Disney’s The Lion King returns to top of Australian box office

After being knocked off the top spot by Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw last week, Disney’s remake of the 1994 animated classic The Lion King has surged back to the top of the box office for its fifth week of release, taking another $4.2m to add to a total of $55.1m.

The film adds that to a global revenue of US$1.3b USD, making it the highest earning animated film of all time, surpassing Frozen, although there is some debate over whether it should be categorised as an animated title or a live-action title.

Hobbs and Shaw took $3.9m for its second week of release, showing across 520 screens compared to The Lion King’s 530 and dropping into second position. It adds to a running total of $12.8m.

New release Palm Beach debuted in the third spot, taking $1.1m across the weekend box office over 250 screens. The Australian film was directed by Rachel Ward and stars Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Richard E. Grant, Jacqueline McKenzie and Greta Scacchi. It follows the story of a group of old friends who reunite at Sydney’s Palm Beach.

Australian war film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan also made its debut on the weekend, taking $775,281 across 225 screens. The film is directed by Red Dog director Kriv Stenders and stars Travis Fimmel, Luke Bracey and Daniel Webber as military personnel who fought at the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War.

Nisha Ganatra directed comedy Late Night landed in fifth spot for its Australian box office debut, taking $761,030 across 301 screens. Starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, the film follows a late-night talk show host, played by Thompson, who hires a new team of writers to save her struggling career.

Spider-Man: Far From Home brought in another $415,111 for its seventh week out, adding to a running total of $36.8m and dropping 38% from the week prior. BTS documentary Bring The Soul: The Movie brought in $404,048 across 106 screens, with its release punctuated by news that the band are taking an extended hiatus. That hasn’t stopped the movie pushing to a global total of US$12.6m.

Toy Story 4 and Yesterday held the next two spots in the top ten, bringing in $376,307 and $247,298 respectively, while horror flick Midsommar made its debut at tenth place, bringing in $185,702 across just 16 screens. The movie comes from Hereditary director Ari Aster and stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, and Will Poulter. It follows a group of friends who travel to Sweden for an annual festival, only to find themselves drawn into a pagan cult.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
The Lion King (2019) (Disney) $4,165,759 530 $55,140,686
Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw (Universal) $3,879,192 520 $12,798,595
Palm Beach (Universal) $1,142,267 250 $1,233,877
Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan (Transmission) $775,281 225 $789,285
Late Night (Roadshow) $761,030 301 $983,721
Spider-man: Far From Home (Sony) $415,111 211 $36,783,809
Bring The Soul: The Movie (Trafalgar) $404,048 106 $523,982
Toy Story 4 (Disney) $376,307 215 $40,900,854
Yesterday (Universal) $247,298 178 $13,188,610
Midsommar (Roadshow) $185,702 16 $223,371
Hello, Love, Goodbye (Abs-cbn Distributors) $125,886 16 $125,886
The Keeper (Icon) $124,262 110 $847,311
The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (Universal) $117,044 139 $18,429,285
Rocketman (Paramount) $104,369 189 $20,130,118
Who You Think I Am (Palace) $90,772 20 $475,644
Chal Mera Putt (Mindblowing Films) $73,652 37 $892,468
The Bravest (Sony) $67,422 19 $224,224
Apollo 11 (Madman) $63,396 39 $1,136,025
Aladdin (live Action) (Disney) $54,015 59 $35,099,623
The White Crow (Universal) $52,984 54 $774,910

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