Record-breaker ‘The Lion King’ tops UK box office again; ‘Blinded By The Light’ opens fourth

Screen | 8/12/2019 | Ben Dalton
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The Lion King topped the UK box office chart for a fourth consecutive week, setting a 2019 record of 24 consecutive days in the number one spot.

It dropped just 16% on its previous weekend, grossing £4.4m across the three days to hit £59.9m to date after less than four weeks. That figure makes it the second-highest grossing title of 2019 behind another Disney release, Avengers: Endgame, which has grossed £88.7m. It has also broken into the top 20 titles of all time in the UK, currently in 19th place.

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The 24-day run in top spot beats the previous record for this year of 18 days, by Disney’s Aladdin. That film is still in UK cinemas, taking £92,000 on its 12th weekend for £36.5m to date – the fifth biggest total of the year.

In a strong week for Disney, Toy Story 4 scored an uptick of 19% on its eighth weekend, taking £1.9m and hitting £58.7m as the third biggest total of the year. It is now the second highest-grossing animated film of all time behind the £74.1m of 2010’s Toy Story 3, and the 20th highest-grossing of all time.

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On a weekend when many titles benefitted from poor weather and all schools being on summer holidays, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw suffered the biggest hit in the top 20, falling 40% to take £2.9m. It has £12.8m to date, out-grossing the first three titles in the series and approaching the £13.7m of 2009’s number four Fast & Furious.

However it will struggle to get close to the takings of the three most recent films, the lowest total of which was 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 with £25.3m.

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