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‘The Lion King’ becomes Disney’s fourth billion-dollar film of 2019. It won’t be the last

Posted: 2:15 PM, Jul 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-30 14:15:44-04

The Lion King ” is the latest Disney film to cross the $1 billion at the global box office.

The Walt Disney Studio announced that the photo-realistic remake of the 1994 animated classic will hit $1 billion dollar at the worldwide box office on Tuesday, the 19th day of its release.

Three other Disney productions have made $1 billion at the global box office this year: “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain Marvel” and Disney’s live action remake of “Aladdin.” “Endgame” made that much in its opening weekend alone back in April.

This makes “The Lion King” Disney’s fourth billion-dollar film of 2019, but it likely won’t be the last.

Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” which was released in June, hovers at around $920 million and could cross the $1 billion mark in the coming weeks. Disney also has two big films premiering at the end of year with “ Frozen 2 ” in November and the final chapter of the Skywalker saga, “ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ,” in December.

“The Lion King’s” box office achievement follows Disney’s announcement on Sunday that its movies this year have raked in an industry record $7.67 billion at the worldwide, breaking their own record of $7.61 billion in 2016.

The last time Disney had four films cross the billion-dollar mark in one year was in 2016. Disney had two billion-dollar movies in 2017 (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and the live-action “Beauty and the Beast”) and three in 2018 (“Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Incredibles 2”).