The Lion King tops another weekend at Australian box office as it nears US$1bn globally

As it nears US$1bn in global revenue, Disney’s remake of The Lion King has also continued to find success in Australia, bringing in another AU$11.25m across the weekend box office, to build a total of $41.02m.

Despite dropping 45% week on week, the film didn’t need to do much to stay on top. The closest challenger was Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home which brought in $1.3m for its fifth week out.

The reboot of the 1994 animated classic stars Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles Carter

Taking third spot was Andre Reiu’s 2019 Maastricht Concert – Shall We Dance? which took $1.24m across its debut weekend. Distributed by Piece of Magic Entertainment, the title showed over 152 screens compared to Spider-Man’s 475, and The Lion King’s 857.

Toy Story 4 held the fourth spot, after six weeks in the box office it still took $839,968 across 277 screens, adding to a total of $39.23m.

Beatles-themed comedy Yesterday brought in a further $612,825, a 27% drop from the week prior, but adding to a total of $11.91m in the Australian box office.

The two other newcomers in the top 10 were Chal Mera Putt which took $313,404 across 33 screens, and The Keeper which brought in $224,384 across 95 screens.

Chal Mera Putt is a Indian Punjabi-language dramedy directed by Janjot Singh which follows the story of a group of illegal immigrants living in the city of Birmingham and the struggle to get their permanent residency. The Keeper is a British-German film following the story of a relationship between a young English woman and a German Prisoner of War.

Chal Mera Putt took sixth place in the top 10, while The Keeper took eighth. The Secret Life of Pets 2 held onto seventh with $287,866 across 223 screens, while Apollo 11 and Ardaas Karaan rounded out the list.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
The Lion King (2019) (Disney) $11,254,648 857 $41,034,315
Spider-man: Far From Home (Sony) $1,301,837 475 $35,198,387
Toy Story 4 (Disney) $839,968 277 $39,701,455
Yesterday (Universal) $612,825 284 $12,110,006
The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (Universal) $287,866 223 $18,072,000
The Keeper (Icon) $224,384 95 $230,955
Apollo 11 (Madman) $209,990 107 $864,173
Ardaas Karaan (Forum Films) $200,045 7 $651,605
Annabelle Comes Home (Wb) $195,102 136 $5,829,252
Aladdin (live Action) (Disney) $187,405 141 $34,880,903
Crawl (Paramount) $163,656 149 $1,325,898
The White Crow (Universal) $140,313 59 $500,335
Rocketman (Paramount) $124,585 112 $19,830,973
Diego Maradona (Roadshow) $113,576 53 $136,084
Booksmart (Universal) $86,631 115 $1,013,934
Stuber (Fox) $85,693 136 $1,074,421
Parasite (Madman) $77,119 37 $1,311,721
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (Studiocanal) $76,223 22 $76,223
Mystify Michael Hutchence (Madman) $62,581 61 $988,996
Looking Up (Chinalion Film) $56,841 15 $57,716

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