“The Lion King” remains on top


“Disney’s “The Lion King” remains box office royalty, generating another $142 million at the international box office.

Director Jon Favreau’s hyper-realistic remake of the animated classic is already the fifth-biggest global release of the year with $963 million to date.

“The Lion King” well on its way to joining fellow studio releases “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain Marvel” and “Aladdin” in the elusive billion-dollar club.

The film also added $75 million in North America this weekend, boosting domestic sales to $350 million. Overseas, it’s had the strongest showing in China with $114 million, along with the United Kingdom with $45 million, Brazil with $42 million and France with $40 million.

“The Lion King” opens in Japan on Aug. 9 and Italy on Aug. 21.

Meanwhile, Sony’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” continued scaling box office charts, collecting $21 million from 67 overseas territories.

During the week, it became the first “Spider-Man” movie to cross $1 billion globally.

The superhero sequel has made $692 million overseas and $1.03 billion worldwide. It recently passed “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” ($963 million) to become Sony’s second-highest grossing film ever.