The Lion King will cross $1bn in worldwide grosses on Tuesday (30), becoming Disney’s fourth film of the year to do so after Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin.
After 19 days of release by July 29, the tentpole stood at $999m, driven by $115m in China, where it grossed close to $100m in its first week.
The Lion King delivered a $446.1m day-and-date global debut on July 19 and has gone on to amass $638.5m internationally (with Japan (August 9) and Italy (August 21) still to come), and $360.9m in North America.
After China, the lead markets are the UK on $48m, Brazil on $44.2m, France on $42.2m, Mexico on $38.4m, and Russia on $33.2m.
Australia and South Korea have produced $29.2m apiece, Germany $24.1m, Spain $22m, India $20.1m, Netherlands $13.2m, Argentina $9.4m, Philippines $8.5m, and Indonesia $8m.
Aladdin crossed $1bn last Friday (26). Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel have grossed $2.791bn and $1.128bn, respectively.
Over the weekend Disney set a $7.67bn industry record for worldwide box office in a calendar year – after seven months – as it targets $10bn in worldwide ticket sales by the end of 2019. Still to come from the studio this year are Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, both of which could reach $1bn as well.