Despite mixed reviews from critics, audiences have flocked to The Lion King this weekend, and the film has already set a record at the box office this weekend.
The film has made an estimated $531 million worldwide in 10 days of release. That includes an estimated $185 million opening this weekend in North America. Analysts had projected that the film would make around $150 million for its domestic opening.
The film is the 9th highest-grossing opening ever, the biggest opening for the month of July and a PG-rated film. The Lion King was also the second-highest-grossing opening of the year behind Avengers: Endgame, which this weekend passed Avatar as the biggest box-office blockbuster ever, As it has officially grossed $2.790 billion worldwide.
Another Disney remake having success is Aladdin, which grossed another $13 million in its 8th week of release, bringing its worldwide total to $988 million. Aladdin joining the billion-dollar club is inevitable.
As for Pixar’s Toy Story 4, the film scored another $40 million worldwide this weekend, bringing its total to a staggering $859 million.
Disney is having quite the year at the box office as the studio has grossed over $7 billion globally, thanks to Captain Marvel $1,128,258,330, Dumbo $351,795,003, Penguins $7,699,452, and of course the aforementioned The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin and Toy Story 4.
Still to come from the studio is Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Frozen 2, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, as well as Disney upcoming streaming service Disney+, which is set launch this November.