Jon Favreau’s live-action take on the 90’s Disney classic opens in North America this week riding a wave of nearly $100 million in overseas ticket sales. This makes The Lion King the fourth live-action Disney film to reach that mark.
The film’s cast is also an a-list affair with voice-overs by Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver. James Earl Jones reprises his original role as Mufasa. But even with this start-studded cast and the use of novel technology the reviews are mixed. Industry standard, Rotten Tomato, has the film ranked at 58%.
Opening in China last weekend to a tune of $72.6 million, including the handful of other markets the film has open in the total revenue comes to $94.5 million. It posted the second biggest opening day of the year behind Avengers: Endgame in France, where it grossed $4.8 million, Australia ($2.9 million), Germany ($2.3 million) and the Netherlands ($1.3 million).
Beating out the opening day achievements of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book in France, Germany and South Korea, The Lion King is expected to easily earn between $150 million and $180 million in North America. This would mean a profit of $450 million globally. The Lion King is roaring into almost every foreign market this weekend, with the exception of Hong Kong (July 25), Japan (Aug. 9) and Italy (Aug. 21). Will you be watching when it open this weekend in the United States?
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