'The Lion King' exceeds all expectations with massive opening weekend

Disney's 'The Lion King' brought in a whopping $185 million in the US in its opening weekend, exceeding all expectations.

At the global box office, the film raked in an impressive $531 million. Although, the movie already had a sizable head-start before opening in American multiplexes. The previous weekend the African adventure premiered in China, earning $55 million.

Disney’s photo-real film, voiced by everyone from Beyonce to Seth Rogen to Donald Glover, also managed to break the record for the biggest July opening on record, which was previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($169.1 million).

And this is just beginning of the good news for Disney. At Comic-Con 2019 on Saturday, it was announced that Avengers: Endgame had finally surpassed Avatar to become the highest-grossing worldwide release of all time. The gargantuan ensemble film’s total comes to $2.79 billion, beating out Avatar’s $2.788, which managed to stay on top for a decade.

In June, two months after the film’s initial release, Marvel Studios re-released Endgame with an introduction and a new post-credits scene in a bid to get fans back to the theater and push their box office numbers over the top -- and the strategy looks to have done the job.

The release of The Lion King was also bolstered by not one but two soundtracks, the second of which, The Lion King: The Gift, was created by Beyonce as a tribute to the film’s story – and even features a performance from her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.