- Disney’s remake of “The Lion King” has a poor 59% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, but it is likely to still be a box-office hit when it opens in the US next weekend.
- Fandango announced last month that the movie was outpacing “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast” in presales, and it was projected to be the second-biggest preseller of the year so far behind “Avengers: Endgame.”
- The movie already earned an estimated $13 million over its opening day in China on Friday.
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Disney’s coming remake of “The Lion King” is not feeling the love from critics, but that is unlikely to stop it from driving audiences to the theater.
The movie, a “live-action” retelling of the 1994 animated classic from the director Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “The Jungle Book”), has a 59% critic score on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Business Insider’s own Jason Guerrasio wrote that the movie was a “game-changing technological feat” but that those effects might also be its biggest flaw and came at the expense of the story.
But “The Lion King” is still expected to be a box-office hit when it opens next weekend in the US.
“Aladdin,” another recent Disney remake, has made over $900 million worldwide but most recently had a 57% Rotten Tomatoes critic score. It earned $117 million domestically in its four-day Memorial Day opening weekend.
“The Lion King” is already outpacing “Aladdin” in ticket sales in the US, as well as 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The movie-ticket service Fandango announced last month that “The Lion King” had the biggest first-day presales of any traditional Disney movie, not counting Marvel or “Star Wars.” Fandango said “The Lion King” was on pace to be the year’s second-biggest preseller so far, following “Avengers: Endgame.”
“Beauty and the Beast” made $175 million in its opening weekend in the US and ultimately grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
“The Lion King” opened early in China on Friday, and it earned $13.4 million on its first day in early estimates, with more to come. The Chinese movie-ticket service Maoyan is projecting the movie to ultimately make over $170 million in the region, according to Variety, which would make it the highest-grossing Disney remake in China.
Disney is the only studio that seems immune to this year’s theatrical struggles, having grossed over 40% of the domestic box office so far.