Disney’s reimagining of The Lion King has broken a new record, a record already set by the studio.
The Lion King has grossed $1.3 billion at the global box office, passing Disney’s animated hit Frozen which grossed $1.277 billion to become the highest grossing film of all time. The film also passed 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast to become the studio highest grossing remake.
Disney has been calling this film a live-action feature, if so, Disney’s most recent remake is now the studio’s highest-grossing live-action film outside of their Marvel and Star Wars franchises.
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.
Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, 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. Staying true to the classic story.
Favreau utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring the iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way.
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.
The Lion King is in theaters now.