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“The Lion King” Makes Grand Box Office Entry, Sets Multiple Records


Disney’s The Lion King made its way to the Box Office, with a serious intention of dominating.

The classic live-action remake opened to a record-breaking $185 million at the North American box office for an early global total of $531 million.

The movie scored the biggest domestic launch ever for a PG film, and the ninth biggest for any movie, not to mention notching a record for a Disney release outside of Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, not adjusted for inflation.

It also bested the final Harry Potter (169.2 million) to land the top start for a July title.

The movie’s star-studded voice cast features Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, with Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver playing other classic characters from the 1994 original. James Earl Jones reprises his original role as Mufasa.

In terms of other Disney remakes, Beauty and the Beast opened to $175, followed by Alice in Wonderland with $116 million and $103 million for Favreau’s Jungle Book in 2016.

Earlier this summer, Aladdin bowed to $91.5 million on its way to currently resting at the north of $960 million globally. Not every film in this Disney stable has worked. This spring, Dumbo was a major disappointment.

But there is little that can slow the Disney empire down even at this rate. Over the weekend, the studio — which currently commands more than 40 per cent of domestic market share — also celebrated Avengers: Endgame passing up Avatar to become the top-grossing title of all time at the global box office, not adjusted for inflation.

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