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.
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.
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.