‘The Lion King’, Disney’s live-action remake of a 1994 animated classic, has amassed a huge box office opening with an estimated $531 million worldwide within only 10 days of release.
The movie was said to have clearly exceeded the expectations of analysts, having earlier been projected to make an estimated $150 million for its domestic opening.
Asides from garnering an estimated $185 million opening this weekend in North America, ‘The Lion King’ also made $98 million in China, the second-largest movie market in the world.
The feat also makes the Disney’s remake the highest-grossing opening for the month of July and the second highest-grossing for the year after ‘Avengers: Endgame’, which recently exceeded ‘Avatar’ to become the highest-grossing movie ever.
It similarly edged out ‘Incredibles 2’ as the ninth highest-grossing opening ever and landed among the top five industry openings of all time in Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, and the Latin America region.
The film, directed by Jon Favreau, stars the voices of Donald Glover; Seth Rogen; Chiwetel Ejiofor; Alfre Woodard; Billy Eichner; John Kani; John Oliver; Beyoncé; and James Earl Jones.
“We’ve had a spectacular run this weekend. We really did know we had something special with ‘The Lion King’ given its popularity with fans of all ages,” said Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of distribution, while speaking on the remake.
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