Lion King Tracking Strongest Box Office For Disney Live-Action Remake

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Two months out from the movie's opening weekend, Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King is tracking for an incredibly strong run at the box office.

Box Office Pro projects Lion King will earn between $180 – $230 million over its opening weekend and make approximately $650 million domestically by the end of its run. If this estimates hold true, Lion King would top all openings for Disney's live-action remakes, a spot currently held by 2017's Beauty and the Beast. That movie made over $174 million on its opening and grossed over $504 million domestically in total.

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That outlet notes a lot of reasons for these high projections. The trailer, which dropped in November, was received favorably and earned a whopping 225 million times in 24 hours. The original Lion King is also beloved by fans of all ages across the globe and was one of the highest-grossing and best-reviewed movies of 1994. Director Jon Favreau is also helped make the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book a success and beat box office expectations.

As the movie's release is still a fair length of time away, these numbers might change, as long-range tracking has been incorrect in the past.

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Opening July 19, director Jon Favreau's The Lion King stars Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones.

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