Disney’s “The Lion King” is heading $185 million in opening weekend in North America
“The Lion King” has created a new record of being the second-best opening of 2019 replacing “Incredibles 2,” which launched last year with $182.7 million. The movie is the ninth biggest North American launch of all time.
The American drama film “The Lion King” directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
The film appears to be outperforming pre-release forecasts, which had been in the $150 million to $180 million range in a record 4,725 domestic locations.
The story is centered on a young lion named Simba assuming his role as the king of the Pride Lands animal kingdom after his father, Mufasa, is murdered.
The movie debuted in China a week ago and has pulled in $76 million so far. It’s already topped $130 million internationally and is opening in most markets this weekend.
The film stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé, and James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa.