THE LION KING HITS $1BN BOX OFFICE MARK

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The Lion King has become the fourth Disney film this year to make $1bn in worldwide box office sales.

The Disney remake of the 1994 classic has achieved the feat less than three weeks after being released in cinemas.

The movie, which features the voices of Beyonce and Donald Glover, joins Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Aladdin in Disney’s $1bn class of 2019.

As reported by Variety Magazine, director Jon Favreau’s version is already the fifth-biggest global release of of the year.

In North America, it has racked up sales of around $361m and $638m overseas, with cinema-goers in China and Brazil leading the way.

Music was always a big part of The Lion King’s success, with Sir Elton John bagging an Oscar for his performance on Can You Feel the Love Tonight in the original.

He actually fended off competition from himself, twice – The Circle of Life and Hakuna Mata – to take the prize for best original song.

Now a hat-trick of Lion King-related albums feature in the top 10 of the US Soundtracks Chart, which is headed by Beyonce’s star-studded project, The Gift.