With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, one entertainment product “has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history,” reports the Associated Press.
It’s the stage musical version of “The Lion King.”
The story continues, “The show quietly took over top spot from the $6 billion-earning ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ late this summer, according to representatives from both shows. ‘Phantom’ producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group congratulated ‘The Lion King’ in a statement, calling their rival show ‘The Pride of Broadway.’ “
To which TVWeek adds its own congratulations and Hakuna matata.
The AP story notes, “By way of comparison, the highest-grossing film in history is ‘Avatar,’ with nearly $2.8 billion worldwide.”