Jon Favreau The Lion King He is feeling love at the North American box office, where he is on track to get the biggest opening of a new version of a classic Disney animated movie.
The film grossed $ 78.5 million in 4,275 theaters on Friday (July 19) for a projected weekend tour of $ 180 million to $ 200 million. Film fans ignored the lukewarm reviews, and gave the picture an A CinemaScore.
As for other Disney remakes, Beauty and the Beast open to $ 175 million in 2017, followed by Alice in Wonderland with $ 116 million and $ 103 million for Favreau & # 39; s The book of the jungle in 2016. This summer, Aladdin He bowed to $ 91.5 million on his way to a current break of $ 960 million north worldwide.
Beauty and the Beast Y Aladdin both are live action, while The Lion King It employs a revolutionary CG photorealistic technology.
Simba and the crew will also have no problems getting the second biggest opening of the year at the box office with problems, where revenues have dropped by 9 percent compared to 2019. And Friday's tour was the tenth highest opening day of the year. all times, not adjusted for inflation.
At the end of March, Marvel and the Disney final. Avengers The fee debuted with a record $ 357.1 million nationally, the biggest start of all time. In terms of other 2019 photos, Captain Marvel Open to $ 153.4 million in March, while Toy Story 4 released with $ 120.9 million last month (both films are equally of the Disney empire).
The Lion King It is also ready to mark the first opening for the month of July, surpassing the final Harry Potter pic ($ 169 million), not adjusted for inflation.
The cast of voices full of stars of the film presents 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 original 1994. James Earl Jones returns to his original role as Mufasa.
Friday's gross revenue includes an impressive $ 23 million in previews on Thursday night, the best all-time preview for a PG picture after a tie break Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($ 22.2 million).
The Lion King It is also roaring loudly abroad, where it has raised $ 192 million in 52 markets, including $ 81 million in China, where it opened last weekend. The tent is entering almost all foreign territories this weekend, with the exception of Hong Kong (July 25), Japan (August 9) and Italy (August 21).
This article originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.