‘The Lion King’ Looks to Roar Life Into Domestic Box Office

Variety | 7/17/2019 | Rebecca Rubin
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Hollywood just can’t wait for “The Lion King” to hit theaters.

That’s because Disney’s highly anticipated remake is expected to draw herds of moviegoers at a time when ticket sales are seriously struggling. Box office watchers predict that the studio’s grand return to the Pride Lands could become one of this year’s biggest hits. “The Lion King” is expected to debut with $150 million this weekend, though some estimates show that receipts could surpass $180 million.

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Director Jon Favreau’s use of state-of-the-art computer wizardry to bring Simba and crew to life proved controversial among critics. Disney’s crown jewel holds a surprisingly soft 59% on Rotten Tomatoes, a steep decline from Favreau’s lauded “The Jungle Book,” which first introduced the hyper-realistic technology. Still, there’s reason to believe “The Lion King” will be critic-proof. For one, negative reviews didn’t hurt the box office prospects of Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin” reboot, which is nearing $1 billion in global ticket sales. Moreover, Simba’s multi-generational coming-of-age tale is familiar to just about everyone on the planet. The Tony-winning musical stage adaptation has also been a massive moneymaker over the last 20 years, grossing over $8 billion and counting.

“The Lion King” also boasts some serious star power. Disney commissioned an A-list cast to bring “The Lion King” back to the big screen, including the likes of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa. James Earl Jones is reprising his voice role as Mufasa from the original animated movie. The chance to hear Childish Gambino and Beyonce harmonize on “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”...
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