While Aladdin opens in theaters this weekend with a potential $85-100 million-plus domestic opening, we have some early tracking for Jon Favreau’s new Lion King movie.
BoxOfficePro reports that the remake of the animated flick is looking towards a domestic opening in the range of $180-230 million which could dwarf the openings of Beauty and The Beast ($174.7 million) and Alice In Wonderland ($116.1 million), both those films earned over a billion globally.
Assuming the tracking numbers are accurate, it would also mean that The Lion King is on the path to another massive billion dollar haul and could make even exceed that. That would depend on how well the film does overseas and how much it can gather during a busy summer.
The Lion King is set for release on July 19th.
Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “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. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
SOURCE: BOX OFFICE PRO