“Lion King” Remake Aims For $200M+ Opening

Lion King Remake Aims For 200m Opening

The earliest tracking figures for the upcoming reimagining of Disney’s animated feature “The Lion King” is expected to be one of the biggest hits of the summer. Now, the first long-range tracking figures are out and it looks like it’s going to be a monster.

Box-Office Pro reports that the Jon Favreau-directed film is on target for an opening weekend between $180 million and $230 million. If so, that would make it the biggest opening weekend for a Disney reimagining of its animated features, topping the massive $174.7 million that Bill Condon’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” which opened in 2017.

Whilst it won’t get anywhere near the record-shattering $357.1 million opening last month of “Avengers: Endgame,” it could overtake 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at $220 million which would give it the fourth highest opening ever.

The film marks the third Disney remake of one of its animated classics this year. “Dumbo” opened in March to a disappointing $45.9 million, while “Aladdin” opened this weekend and is expected to bring in between $75-85 million. “The Lion King” is set to hit theaters on July 19th.