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.
“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.
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