Hello and welcome to WIRED’s post-Comic-Con edition of The Monitor, our pop-culture news roundup. Believe it or not, some things happened in the world of entertainment outside of the mouth of madness that is the San Diego convention, and we’re here to tell you all about them. Strap in; we have a lot to go over.
The Lion King Rules the Weekend Box Office
Somewhat unsurprisingly, The Lion King dominated the domestic box office this past weekend. Somewhat more surprisingly, it made a whopping $185 million, which put the Disney flick’s global take at over half a billion dollars. Most folks presumed it would get there eventually, but the fact that Simba and company have gotten to those numbers so quickly is astounding—and it’s just going to keep racking up more.
Avengers: Endgame Just Beat Avatar
Speaking of box office domination, Disney’s Marvel is now the new all-time box office champion. Over the weekend, Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing movie ever, beating the 10-year reign of James Cameron’s Avatar to bring in nearly $2.8 billion worldwide.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Trailer
Let’s end on a non-Disney note, but one that’s just as wholesome: The new trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. In the film, Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, as he’s being profiled by a magazine writer. In the film, everyone sings or cries. You will be moved too.