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The Lion King

An International History

Authored by: Susan Bennett

The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138684614
eBook ISBN: 9781315543703
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315543703-54

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Abstract

In 2014, Disney’s The Lion King “claimed a new crown”: top box-office title of all time, with its 22 productions worldwide having generated gross earnings of more than $6.2 billion. 1 As Charlotte Alter noted, this made The Lion King more successful economically than

any Hunger Games movie, or Frozen. Avatar, which is the highest-grossing movie in history, has made less than half of what The Lion King musical has made, at $2.8 billion worldwide gross. The Associated Press reports that The Lion King musical eclipsed The Phantom of the Opera, the previous highest-grossing work, late this summer [2014]. 2

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