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The Lion King trailer breaks records and more weekend movie news


Welcome to your round-up of the weekend's need-to-know movie news. Scroll down for all the latest.

The Lion King trailer breaks records

It seems that 24 years' worth of pent-up Disney nostalgia has yielded staggering results for the brand new The Lion King trailer. Director Jon Favreau's CGI-driven remake (the debate as to whether it's animated or live-action rages on) hits our screens next year and last week's teaser, the movie's first, shattered trailer views.

In fact, the trailer amassed an enormous 224.6 million views globally in its first 24 hours, reports Variety. That makes it Disney's most-watched trailer debut of all time, and, overall, the second most-watched trailer of all time, lagging just behind Avengers: Infinity War (which racked up 238 million views).

Catapulted by a savvy Thanksgiving release strategy and bold reliance on the familiar imagery from Disney's 1994 animation, The Lion King has entered many people's most-anticipated lists. Donald Glover leads the all-star voice cast as Simba, joined by a returning James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Oliver as Zazu and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi.

Accompanied by music from Hans Zimmer, Elton John and Tim Rice, The Lion King roars into life on 19th July 2019.

Wreck-It Ralph 2 wins the Thanksgiving box office battle

Two heavyweight movie contenders duked it out for box office glory in America this past weekend. Disney sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 fought Warner follow-up Creed II, and. in a battle worthy of a Rocky movie, both films put up strong fights.

That said, it was arcade game baddie Ralph who came out on top – the movie amassed $84.5 million over the Wednesday to Sunday Thanksgiving weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This puts it comfortably in front of its 2012 predecessor, which opened to $49 million. Creed II also had a strong showing, similarly outpacing the film before with a brawny $55.8 million (ahead of Creed's $42 million opening in 2015).

"The filmmakers dove back into a world that is relevant to everyone and created new obstacles for the characters," Disney distribution president Cathleen Taff says.

Cumulatively, the 2018 Thanksgiving season marked an enormous box office upsurge compared to recent Thanksgivings, rising to $314 million from Wednesday to Sunday, aided by additional releases including The Grinch and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The previous record was set in Thanksgiving 2013 when takings of $295 million were established by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen.

And the good news is, both of these movie heavyweights arrive in Cineworld this Friday. Click here to book your tickets for Wreck-It Ralph 2 and click here to book your tickets for Creed II.

Venom tears up box office records

Tom Hardy may have literally been in two minds during the events of Venom (that's what an invading symbiote will do to you), but there's no confusion as to the movie's enormous box office success.

Sony's anti-hero origin story, starring Hardy as journalist and Venom host Eddie Brock, has ascended to the $800 million box office mark, according to Forbes. That makes it the most successful superhero origin story of all time behind Marvel's Black Panther (which grossed $1.34 billion worldwide).

Having obliterated its production budget of $100 million, Venom has defied expectations to become the fifth highest-grossing movie of 2018 (outpacing Mission: Impossible – Fallout's total cume of $792 million). More importantly, Venom has outpaced the fellow Spider-Man properties directed by Sam Raimi in the 2000s, the most successful of which was 2007's Spider-Man 3 with global takings of $890 million.

It remains to be seen whether Venom will ensnare Spider-Man: Homecoming, which totalled $880 million on its release in 2017. But one thing's for sure – Venom is here to stay.