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The Lion King roars to Disney box office victory


Disney remake The Lion King presides over the box office takings, aided by director Jon Favreau's photo-realistic CGI effects, nostalgia and a star-studded cast including Donald Glover and Beyonce.

The visually gorgeous re-imagining of Disney's 1994 masterpiece took a mighty $185 million in the USA during its opening weekend, reports Box Office Mojo. Added to this are the film's international takings of $269 million, which bring the movie's total international box office gross to $531 million.

That makes it the fastest-selling Disney remake in the studio's history and the best opening for a July movie, surpassing 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

"We have a lot to celebrate," says Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of global distribution who's quoted in a Variety article. "The Lion King has such a resonance in pop culture that you see all different types of people coming out. People wanted to be part of this."

In terms of US opening weekends, The Lion King lords it over its fellow remake brethren. 2017’s Beauty and the Beast opened to $174 million, followed by 2010’s Alice in Wonderland ($116 million). In 2016, Favreau’s The Jungle Book opened to $103 million and this May just gone, Aladdin debuted with $91.5 million. However, Tim Burton’s Dumbo struggled with a $45 million opening weekend.

The Lion King's victory comes amid a plethora of Disney success stories. Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame is now the highest-grossing movie of all time, having overtaken Avatar with worldwide grosses of $2.789 billion. And Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 4, reuniting us with Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang, has crossed $800 million at the global box office.

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