Disney is once again dominating advance ticket sales as The Lion King second best first-day sale of the year for Fandango after Avengers: Endgame, while Atom Tickets declares it’s the company’s best first-day sales for a family movie.
From the trade: also for Fandango, The Lion King is the ticket seller’s best first-day presales for a Disney release outside of the Star Wars or Marvel Cinematic Universe, outselling 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, the previous record-holder. The new list of first-day Disney-live action advance ticket sellers on Fandango (outside Star Wars and MCU) are as follows: The Lion King, Beauty, and the Beast and Aladdin.
For Atom, Lion King tops a list of previous top family pre-sellers that includes Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, and Shazam. Also for Atom, The Lion King sold four times as many tickets as Disney’s Aladdin in the same time period. The Lion King’s first 24 hours of pre-sales for Atom also outpaced that of Marvel’s Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Ant-Man & the Wasp in the same time period.
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According to BoxOfficePro, the remake is extended tracking to make $180-230 million which would surpass the openings of Disney’s other remakes Beauty and The Beast ($174.7 million) and Alice In Wonderland ($116.1 million), both films would go on to earn over a billion globally. With a prime Summer release, The Lion King could likely receive the same financial success.
“The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy, and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way.”
Directed by Jon Favreau, the film stars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, Eric Andre as Azizi, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, JD McCrary as Young Simba and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala. Hans Zimmer is on board composing the film as he did the 1994 animated classic. Elton John and Tim Rice will also be returning, as they are set to collaborate with Beyoncé on a new song.
The Lion King will roar into theaters on July 19, 2019.