Disney’s “The Lion King” rules again at box office

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The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

The Cir­cle of Life con­tin­ues as The Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios’ The Lion King 3D opened at #1 in the­aters this week­end with an esti­mated North Amer­i­can gross of $30.2 million.

Orig­i­nally released in 1994, The Lion King is now the third highest-grossing ani­mated film of all time at the domes­tic box office, hav­ing made a com­bined $358.6 mil­lion in all releases. This release of The Lion King marks the fifth-biggest Sep­tem­ber open­ing in indus­try his­tory, the second-biggest Sep­tem­ber open­ing in Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures his­tory, and the first reis­sue to open at #1 in 14 years.

The Lion King is the highest-grossing tra­di­tional hand-drawn ani­mated film of all time, and the highest-grossing film from Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios.

The film will remain in the­aters for a lim­ited engage­ment ahead of its Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D pre­miere Octo­ber 4. The Lion King is the top-performing home enter­tain­ment release ever. The Blu-ray debut marks the first time that it has been avail­able in any form since 2004.

Mean­while, the Lon­don pro­duc­tion of the hugely pop­u­lar stage show cel­e­brated its 5,000th per­for­mance last Tues­day. The award-winning musi­cal is also prepar­ing to launch its Span­ish pre­miere in Madrid, mak­ing it the largest stage musi­cal ever pre­sented in Spain. Open­ing Octo­ber 21 at Lope de Vega The­atre, it is the first time the musi­cal has been per­formed in the Span­ish language.

Since open­ing in 1997, The Lion King has been per­form­ing to sold-out crowds on Broad­way with 5,757 shows thus far.

The Lion King has proven again and again the tran­scen­dent power of great sto­ries and char­ac­ters,” said Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios chair­man Rich Ross. “From the screen to the stage, this time­less clas­sic con­tin­ues to touch the hearts of audi­ences of all ages around the world.”

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