No waiting necessary—The Lion King musical is the king. Disney’s Julie Taymor-directed stage adaptation of the 1994 film has accumulated $6.2 billion worldwide, meaning it now has the “most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history,” the Associated Press reported.
The Lion King, which opened on Broadway in 1997, has 10 productions running around the world at present, and, according to the AP, the figure was only derived from its box-office totals, not its merchandise sales.
The title was previously held by The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest running show, but The Lion King passed its $6 billion mark over the summer. Despite the fact that Phantom opened nearly 10 years before Lion King, The Lion King has been overtaking Phantom when it comes to financial success. Back in 2012, The Lion King passed Phantom to become Broadway’s highest grossing show of all time. Last year, the show became the first to break $1 billion on Broadway.