Critics may have been mixed about the movie before its opening, but the audiences certainly weren’t.
Disney’s The Lion King destroyed the opposition, roaring to the top of the box office with a mighty $185 million haul, according to Box Office Mojo on Sunday. The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, is a photo-realistic remake of Disney’s classic 1994 animated hit and stars an A-list voice cast.
It includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa. James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa from the animated movie. Elton John reworked his musical compositions from the original film while Beyonce also created and performed a new song, Spirit, for the film.
The Lion King has pounced on some $531 million globally, including China where it opened a week ago and has earned $81 million so far, according to Box Office Mojo.