'The Lion King' remake is projected to far outpace the original at the box office in its opening weekend, but will face a tougher battle after

Disney‘The Lion King’ 2019
  • Disney’s “The Lion King” remake is projected to earn between $US150 million and $US175 million domestically this weekend.
  • The 1994 animated original opened with $US88 million, after being adjusted for inflation.
  • But the original ultimately earned over $US800 million (after inflation) throughout its entire theatrical run in the US, which will be hard to beat.
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Disney’s “The Lion King” remake will rule the box office this weekend and likely far outstrip the original, even after inflation.

The movie is expected to be another win for Disney, which has dominated this year. Disney has made 35% of the domestic box office so far, not including movies released after the Fox merger, according to Box Office Mojo (via The Los Angeles Times).

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The 1994 animated original was a huge hit, too. It earned $US88 million in its opening weekend, after being adjusted for inflation, according to data from Box Office Mojo. It ultimately scored $US672 million domestically, after inflation, in its initial theatrical run. That increased to $US803 million after the movie returned to theatres in November 1995. It made $US968 million worldwide (unadjusted).

But the remake, which opens Friday, is projected to have an even bigger opening of between $US150 million and $US175 million in the US, according to the Times, despite poor reviews. If it opens on the higher side of that projection, it would be the second-biggest opening of the year so far, beating “Captain Marvel” and only behind “Avengers: Endgame.”

“The Lion King” will almost certainly beat its predecessor in its opening weekend, but the odds of it outgrossing the original’s adjusted domestic earnings are slimmer.

Only two movies have grossed over $US800 million domestically (before inflation), and those are “Endgame” and “The Force Awakens.” Three more have made over $US672 million: “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” and “Avatar.”

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