A still from "The Lion King." TNS
"The Lion King" maintained its reign over North American theaters, taking in $76.6 million over the three-day weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday.
The massive haul brings its domestic total to $351.9 million and extends a streak of successes for Disney after its "Avengers: Endgame" was last week named the highest-grossing movie of all time.
Directed by Jon Favreau, "The Lion King" is a remake of the 1994 animated film, employing hyper-realistic computer-generated images with a voice cast including Donald Glover as Simba and Beyonce as Nala, together with Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and James Earl Jones.
Director Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood," which has earned rave reviews, opened in second place with $41.1 million.
"Once Upon a Time" — the ninth of the 10 movies Tarantino has said he will make before retiring — is set in Tinseltown in 1969 and features Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino.
"Spider-Man: Far from Home" — which continues where "Endgame" left off and stars Tom Holland as the Marvel superhero — came in third in its fourth week with $12.5 million.
In fourth place was "Toy Story 4," which managed $10.5 million in its sixth week in cinemas.
Disney's new release "Frozen 2" iced out competitors to top North American box offices over the weekend, taking in an estimated $127 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.
The divisive final season of "Game of Thrones" has set a new record by earning 32 nominations for the 2019 Emmys, the most ever for a single season of a show.
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Country music star Tanya Tucker took home her first two wins at the 62nd Grammy Awards here on Sunday.
Popular Syrian singer Faia Younan is preparing to set the stage alight at the Coca-Cola Arena as she joins the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) Closing Celebrations line-up on Jan.31.
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama won a Grammy for the best spoken word album for "Becoming", her best-selling memoir, during the awards ceremony's pre-show.