Beyoncé and ‘The Lion King’ rule at the box office

Beyoncé and 'The Lion King' rule at the box office
LONDON – JULY 14: Beyonce Knowles-Carter attends “The Lion King” European Premiere at Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images/ BANG Media)

Despite lukewarm reviews of The Lion King reboot, the animated film roared to a record-breaking debut at the North American box office.

The film, which features the voices of Beyoncé and Donald Glover, stormed out the gate with an estimated $185 million in North America over the weekend and finished with a 10-day worldwide total of $531 million, The Hollywood Reporter states.


In addition, The Lion King is now the biggest domestic opening ever for a Disney remake, dethroning the previous king, Beauty and the Beast, which debuted to $174.7 million in March 2017.

The Hollywood Reporter also noted that The Lion King achieved these milestones:


  • Biggest opening in July of all time;
  • Ninth-biggest opening ever domestically;
  • Biggest Disney debut of all time outside of Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm;
  • Beat Pixar’s 2018 movie Incredibles 2, which debuted at $182.7 million;
  • The Lion King is the biggest domestic debut for a PG film, surpassing Incredibles 2 again.
  • The Lion King also is among the top five in movie openings of all time in the following countries and regions: Australia, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, and Latin America, THR reports.
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