LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – Disney’s “The Lion King” might still rule everything the light touches, but Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” certainly held its own this weekend at the domestic box office.
In a win for original content, Tarantino’s R-rated ode to Hollywood’s golden age opened with $40 million from 3,659 North American theaters, a career best for the filmmaker. The movie also scored an opening day record for Tarantino, amassing $16.8 million on Friday.
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“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” came in second place behind “The Lion King,” which collected another $75.5 million, down roughly 60% from its inaugural outing. Jon Favreau’s remake of the animated classic has generated $350 million at the domestic box office, making it the fourth-biggest release of the year after 10 days in theaters. Overseas, “The Lion King” has earned $612 million for a worldwide bounty of $963 million.
“The Lion King” continues to strengthen Disney’s reign over the domestic box office. The studio now owns the five-highest grossing movies of the year with “Avengers: Endgame” ($856 million), “Captain Marvel” ($426 million), “Toy Story 4” ($395 million), “The Lion King” ($350 million) and “Aladdin” ($345 million).
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Heading into the weekend, Sony tempered expectations for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” estimating a $30 million start given the mid-summer debut for a film that isn’t based on existing IP or part of a franchise. The movie has the benefit of positive reviews — and the rare chance to see Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt share the big screen — but it will need to rely on word of mouth to continue drawing crowds throughout popcorn season. It received a B CinemaScore from audiences, compared to the A- score for his most recent hits, 2009’s “Inglourious ****” and 2012’s “Django Unchained.”
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