“The Lion King” Racks Up $23M in Single-Day U.S. Debut

The Lion King is set to reign over the box office as it debuts around the world this weekend.

The film raked in $23 million in Thursday evening previews at the domestic box office.

Internationally, the film opens in most major territories this weekend after rolling out in China on July 12 with a powerful $54.1 million debut. Over the last week, that has risen to $76.6 million, and combined with the first two days of play in newly opened territories, the international gross through July 19 is an estimated $130.5 million.

According to Disney, it was the second biggest industry opening day ever in Brazil and the second biggest opening day for a Walt Disney Studios live-action film in France (in both cases, behind only Avengers: Endgame), and the biggest opening day for a Disney-branded live-action film of all time in Australia and Korea.

In Russia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, it was the third biggest opening day of all time. It was the second biggest opening day of the year (also behind only Avengers: Endgame) in several markets, including France, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.

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