The Lion King Roars with Record-Breaking $185M Opening Weekend




Comic-con has hit the headlines in recent days. But let's not forget that Disney's live-action-ish remake The Lion King also burst into the theaters. And speaking of this, we are learning today that the new version of the classic tale has won $ 185 million. While the final figures are expected to be released on Monday, it appears The Lion King defeated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 as an overture to high weekend for a movie released in July.

In addition to this box office record, the film also holds the title of the largest opening weekend ever seen for a PG rated film and the ninth largest weekend of the year. Opening for any film. Awesome, no? Well, remember that this brings the current overall total of the movie to $ 531 million. Now, IT'S AWESOME.

Although the film did not dazzle critics, the audience seemed to enjoy the adventures of Simba and his team as the film captured a solid "A" rating from CinemaScore. According to PostTrak, the weekend opening audience was 60% women and the demo mix was composed of 44% Caucasian, 22% African-American, 20% of athletes and 14% of Asian / others. The lion king: first reactions: Did Jon Favreau make a real masterpiece of Disney?

As for the other films shown at the box office this weekend, no new film has dared to attack the king. Second place went to Marvel Spider-Man: Far From Home with $ 21 million at its third weekend ($ 300 million internally). And Pixar Toy Story 4 took third place with $ 15 million for a current national total of $ 375 million. From there, director Sam Raimi and director Alex Aja Crawl are in fourth place with $ 6 million and a national total of $ 23.8 million on a budget of 13 millions of dollars.

In terms of other Disney redone, The Lion King is looking to easily win the crown of the current champion of the opening weekend, Beauty and the Beast . This remake opened up to $ 174.7 million in 2017 before reaching a total of $ 504 million in the domestic market. The Lion King will also be more gifted at the opening of the other Disney remake, directed live by director Jon Favreau The Book of the jungle . This film recorded $ 103.2 million opening weekend in 2016 before ending up with $ 364 million at the national box office. Meanwhile, the countdown of the opening weekend for The Lion King is better than the $ 91.5 million generated by the opening of Guy Richie Aladdin earlier this summer.

Donald Glover directs the voice of this remake as Simba, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter in Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor in Scar, Alfre Woodard in Sarabi, John Kani in Rafiki and John Oliver in Zazu. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner joined the group as Pumbaa and Timon, then James Earl Jones came back to provide Mufasa's voice again. Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King was produced by Favreau alongside Jeffrey Silver and Karen Gilchrist. Jeff Nathanson wrote the new script based on the original movie written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. The Lion King now plays in a crowded movie theater near you. This box office update comes from The Hollywood Reporter.

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