The Lion King earned $422,783,777 in North America and an estimated $528,800,000 in other territories for a worldwide total of $951,583,777. It’s the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide and the highest-grossing film of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Continue reading for more interesting things you may not have known about the movie.
The Lion King had a limited release in North America on June 15, 1994, playing in only two theaters, El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It still earned $1,586,753 across the weekend of June 17�19, standing at the tenth place of the box office ranking.
The average of $793,377 per theater stands as the largest ever achieved during a weekend. The wide release followed on June 24, 1994, in 2,550 theaters. The Lion King grossed $40.9 million – which at the time was the fourth biggest opening weekend earning ever and the highest sum for a Disney film – to top the weekend box office. By the end of its theatrical run, in spring 1995, it had earned $312,855,561, being the second-highest-grossing 1994.