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4 movies that ruled over the box office this summer


Film fans have been spoilt this summer, with a veritable feast of blockbuster movies to go and see. We’ve had exciting additions to the Marvel canon, new instalments of hugely popular animated titles and even a fresh offering from Mr Quentin Tarantino.

Unsurprisingly, movie-goers have been lapping up these cinematic treats, and as a result, a few of the aforementioned releases have gone on to break box-office records…

1. The Lion King

Just as the lion is the king of the jungle, so the rebooted Disney film about fearless feline Simba is now king of the animated movies.

Director Jon Favreau's visually gorgeous epic features the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and once again showcases the award-winning songs of Sir Elton John.

The Lion King has topped the $1.43 billion mark at the worldwide box office, putting it ahead of Disney’s very own Frozen ($1.27 billion) as their highest-grossing animation (if you define it as such) ever.

Not only that, it’s now the ninth-highest-grossing-film of all time. A roaring success, you might say.

Can't wait to see it again? Then click here to book your tickets for The Lion King.

2. Toy Story 4

Like the titular toys’ original owner Andy, the kids who fell in love with the first Toy Story movie back in 1995 have all grown up now. But it’s testament to Pixar’s generation-spanning appeal that the fourth instalment in the franchise has been another triumph.

The Josh Cooley-directed adventure reaped a massive $244.5 million worldwide in its opening weekend – the biggest-ever for an animated movie – and global takings have since crossed the $1 billion line.

It’s the fourth Pixar movie, and the fifth Disney movie, to reach the billion dollar marker. Like the Duracell bunny, these toys just keep on going…

If you can't get enough of Woody, Buzz and the gang, click here to book your tickets for Toy Story 4.

3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Whether it’s the lure of Brad Pitt with his top off, the enduring notoriety of the Manson Family murders, or just because it’s Quentin Tarantino, this ode to the golden age of Tinseltown has truly captured the imagination of movie-goers.

So much so that in the US, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood enjoyed the most successful opening weekend of any Tarantino film to date, taking $40 million at the box office (the previous record was held by 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, which took $38 million).

It’s also posted Tarantino’s best-ever opening weekend in the UK, amassing £5.1 million to beat Inglourious Basterds (£3.6 million). When taking into account Hollywood's pre-weekend Wednesday and Thursday totals, the film's cumulative UK gross stands at £7.5 million. That’s a bingo!

Tarantino's ninth movie is on release now in Cineworld, so click here to book your tickets for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

4. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Everyone knows that Spider-Man is a dab hand at defeating super-villains, but now he can add a super-spy to his list of conquests.

The latest Jon Watts-directed Spidey adventure – in which Peter Parker (Tom Holland) goes up against Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio during a trip to Europe – has become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film of all time ($1.109 billion and counting), overtaking the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall ($1.108 billion).

007 is rumoured to be shaken, but not stirred.

There's still time to catch the wall-crawler in Cineworld, so click here to book your tickets for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

These movies have all broken records this summer, but which is your favourite? Drop us a tweet @cineworld and let us know!