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Lion King Beats Avengers; Becomes 7th Biggest Movie of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

For all those people who are saying that Disney doesn’t know how to churn out a hit at the box office: Please step back!! Over the weekend, the studio has yet again made its dominance felt.

Disney’s The Lion King opened up to be one of the most grossing movies to come from the House of Mouse. The latest live-action addition is still continuing its reign at the box office, and recent reports are revealing that it is surpassing The Avengers to become the seventh highest-grossing movie of all time. Yes! Simba has beaten Earth’s mightiest heroes which is nothing shy of impressive, to say the very least of it.

Directed by Jon Favreau, Disney’s reimaging of its classic animated film features the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, and James Earl Jones.

With the Labor Day weekend behind us, The Lion King has now grossed in a total of more than $1.56 billion globally. The huge returns owe its share to the $523.5 million in domestic ticket sales and a stellar $1.04 billion from international markets. Previously, it was Marvel’s The Avengers who held the record position by nabbing around $1.51 billion when it was released in 2012. 

The Lion King also managed to bump down Black Panther ($1.34 billion) from its position in the all-time top ten. If the movie continues to shine well at the box office, then there is a chance that it could overtake Jurassic World ($1.67 billion) from the sixth position. However, going any higher than that would be a tough task, as the fifth spot is safe in the hands of Avengers: Infinity War with a whopping $2.04 billion in the collection box. It is obvious that Simba’s roar wouldn’t have that much strength to reach there.

Apart from the numbers, this accomplishment shows how much the Mouse House defies expectations. Disney knows the winning formula to churn out content that audiences want to see. While every other studio struggled this summer, Disney dominated the box office again, giving hit after hit. This milestone is only one among the long list of achievements for Disney. The studio currently occupies six of the top 10 spots on the highest-grossing movie list and nine of the top 15 spots.

With already five movies released, they are also having a record-breaking year. Avengers: EndgameThe Lion KingCaptain MarvelToy Story 4 and Aladdin have all grossed at least $1 billion at the box office, making Disney the most money earned studio in a calendar year. But, they are not going to settle down with that. Big releases such as Maleficent: Mistress of EvilFrozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are already lined up and they are sure to have a great shot at taking in $10 billion or more before 2020. Now, it seems like Disney’s only competition at the box office is itself.

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Critics Unhappy?! Lion King Rotten Tomatoes Score Revealed

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’s new live-action film remake, The Lion King is gearing up for worldwide release in a week and the House of Mouse is already busy with the final lap of its promotional activities. However, things are not looking bright.

The movie was premiered in Hollywood on July 9  for critics and as the initial reviews are pouring in, Tomatometer had revealed the movie’s rating to be only 58%. According to the website’s rating system, a film has to get at least 60% to be ‘fresh’.  This means that the new version is downright ‘Rotten’. The assessment was taken from 89 reviews (so far) consisting of 52 Fresh reviews and 38 Rotten rankings (so far). The 1992 original animated feature had a Tomatometer reading of 93% coming from 127 reviews.

This is not the first time that Disney’s live-action remakes are having a rough patch with the critics. The over-dependence on CGI  and not story-telling is one of the recurring element for most Disney movies of the recent age. As a result, these live-action movies get less critical appraisal than it deserves. Recent examples are Dumbo and Aladdin, which got only 46% and 57% ratings respectively on Rotten Tomatoes.

But can critical reviews and ratings alone be enough to say The Lion King is going to be bad? After all, it all depends on how well the movie will perform at the box office. And Disney had already proved it’s the real king in that.  Dumbo, which was made at a $170 million production budget, brought in around $352 million worldwide. Guy Ritchie’s  Aladdin is at a current total of $925.3 million worldwide on a $183 million budget. So, its “Hakuna Matata” for Disney no matter what.

Whatever the case may be, within just a week’s time we will get to experience the movie and know it for ourselves.

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Early Reactions Praise ‘The Lion King’ As A Visual Masterpiece

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’s classic 1994 animated film The Lion King is surely one of the most beloved animation features from the House of Mouse. With its immaculate animation, Shakespearean themes and pitch-perfect performances, it was the most grossing movie of the time. Years later, the movie is all set to break records again. 

The movie premiered in the US on Tuesday night and has been receiving praise from the critics for the film’s “beautiful effects” which is described as a “game-changer” for VFX.

Take a look at some of these tweets and you will understand for yourself.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the remake stars the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, and John Oliver—with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa. 

The Lion King hits the big screen on June 18.

 

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The Hype Is Real! These New Lion King Stills Are Truly Stunning.

by Kaylen Summers

Just when you thought that the hype around the live-action version of The Lion King can’t get any bigger, Disney released a new series of images in which the cast of the upcoming blockbuster are put face-to-face with the character that they help give life.

 

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The original Lion King was animated and released in 1994. The new version, however, is not exactly a live-action flick as there isn’t a single living person in the film. But, the movie’s CGI team has done a striking job in making the talking animals look as real as they ever have on screen.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the new movie will have Donald Glover voicing the grown-up version of Simba, the main character of The Lion King. Other characters are voiced by Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa.

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Set to release in theatres on July 19, the movie is hyping up to be another victory lap for Disney. The original Lion King became one of the highest grossing movies of all-time when it was released. The studio is looking to repeat the same all over again.

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