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The Lion King, held the record for the top-grossing, hand-drawn movie of all time—it made over $328.5 million in the U.S. and $788.2 overseas.
Dave Hollis, Disney’s exec vp of theatrical distribution told the Hollywood Reporter, “Definitely our expectations were exceeded. You have to go back to the circle of life idea. Teenagers who saw it two decades ago are now parents and brought their children. Parents who saw it when it first came out are now grandparents and brought their grandchildren. It was an opportunity to see the movie in a way they hadn’t seen it before. And it’s a little bit of the perfect storm.”Among the other new records set by Simba and his buddies: Lion King is now the first re-issue of a movie to open at the number-one spot at the box office since Return of the Jedi: Special Edition in 1997. The film was also the fifth biggest September opening in history. A impressive feat, by any standard. The next big animated feature at the box office also stars a heroic feline of a smaller variety—DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots, which arrives on Nov. 5.