Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

‘The Lion King’ Leaping to $185 Million North American Debut

‘The Lion King’ Leaping to $185 Million North American Debut

The US box office is struggling, but you wouldn't know it if you only looked at Disney's coffers.

Disney's live-action update of "The Lion King" roars into theaters this weekend. There are also talks in the media town that the movie will reportedly touch $1 billion marks as it has all the potential to rule at the box-office window.

The highly anticipated film is packed with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Donald Glover as adult Simba, John Oliver as Zazu, Keegan-Michael Key as the hyena Kamari and the one-and-only Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala. The lead-up to the moment remains mostly the same in the new Lion King, but the way Scar goes about killing Mufasa in the original film is certainly different than the way it happens in the 2019 remake. Plenty of critics and fans have noted how much less expressive the animals are in the remake (some have gone so far as to call the remake "soulless" just for this reason), so the claw attack probably wouldn't have worked.

Last weekend, the film pulled in $54 million for its debut in China, which means globally the film is expected to hit $400 million to $450 million.

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The film starts the same way as the 1994 version - by transporting you to Pride Rock with zebras, giraffes and lions galore. "Any negative reviews that may influence parents will likely be offset by their children who are absolutely going to be a strong influence on their parent's decision to head to the multi-plex".

After wooing the audience across the globe with the remake of The Jungle Book, filmmaker Jon Favreau is back with yet another classic Disney tale.

The domestic box office is down roughly 9% compared to this time previous year. First choice for The Lion King is leaning heavier toward females than males.

But not all is lost if it fails to live up to expectations. Disney also has two more more heavy hitters with "Frozen 2" and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" at the end of the year.

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