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'The Lion King' Musical Box Office Haul Hits Record $6.2 Billion

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In this file photo is seen, sign for the musical 'The Lion King' in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 22 Sep 2014 04:59 PM

The stage musical of “The Lion King” has brought in $6.2 billion at the box office, making it the highest-grossing production of all time as it travels the world for Walt Disney Co., the company announced Monday.

That’s $6.2 billion in box office sales only, and doesn’t include sales of merchandise, the movie, or cast recordings, BBC News said.

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"It's difficult not to become emotional at this realization of the show's impact," Thomas Schumacher, president and producer at Disney Theatrical Productions, told Reuters.

“The Lion King” theater production blew away any movies; the highest-grossing film in history was “Avatar,” which made almost $2.8 billion worldwide.

The BBC said the show’s 22 traveling productions that played in places like Shanghai’s Disney Resort are estimated to have been seen by 75 million people. In New York City, the show was the highest-grossing in the city in 2013, and it’s on target to retain that position this year.

“The Lion King” went on Broadway in 1997 and features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice.

Even as the amazing success of this favorite Disney movie made the Internet rounds, some people couldn’t resist joking about the show’s plot.



But another quick look around makes it obvious how much the movie and stage production have become a part of the culture. When people make references and everyone gets it – that’s when you’ve made it.



And then there were the folks who predicted the movie’s failure:



Guess that can be laid to rest now.

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The stage musical of "The Lion King" has brought in $6.2 billion at the box office, making it the highest-grossing production of all time as it travels the world for Walt Disney Co., the company announced Monday.
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