'The Lion King' is on its way to beating a box-office record held by the 'Harry Potter' finale

Disney‘The Lion King’ (2019)
  • Disney’s “The Lion King” remake earned $US78.5 million on Friday, and could make up to $US200 million this weekend despite poor reviews.
  • The movie has a 55% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, but an A on Cinemascore.
  • Disney currently holds the top five movies at the global and domestic box offices.
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Disney’s “The Lion King” is laughing in the face of poor reviews, and is on its way to a huge weekend at the box office.

The movie, a remake of the 1994 animated classic, earned $US78.5 million on Friday and could make up to $US200 million over its opening weekend in the US. It earned $US23 million in Thursday previews, the most of any Disney remake so far.

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“The Lion King” is not only on its way to the second-biggest domestic opening of the year so far, behind only “Avengers: Endgame,” but it’s also expected to have the biggest July opening weekend ever(before adjusting for inflation). The previous record-holder, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” earned $US169 million in 2011.

The movie has already made $US270.5 million globally as of Friday, according to Boxoffice.com.

Audiences obviously love the movie more than critics. It has an A grade on Cinemascore, which polls audiences on a movie’s opening night, while only having a 55% critic score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Disney has been immune to critical poundings this year, though. “Aladdin,” another remake of an animated classic, has made $US967 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, and has a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Disney currently holds the top five 2019 releases at both the domestic and global box offices (that includes “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which was distributed by Sony but coproduced by Disney’s Marvel Studios). “The Lion King” will surely make it six.

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