The Lion King remake reaches $1 billion milestone at the box office

The Lion King

Walt Disney Studios is showing no signs of slowing down on its live-action remakes of animated classics. We’ve already seen the release of remakes like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella. The latest remake, The Lion King, was released in theaters on July 19th, and it has reached the $1 billion mark. Simba and the gang have a lot to celebrate on Pride Rock.

The Lion King had a $191.7 million opening at the domestic box office, which was an impressive number. It went above and beyond this week by hitting the $1 billion milestone at the global box office, according to THR. It’s not too surprising since the animated version was the highest-grossing traditional animated film with $968 million.

Aladdin was the previous live-action remake that hit theaters on May 24th, and it also joined the $1 billion club recently. However, it took a bit longer, making The Lion King’s milestone even more impressive.

The reviews from critics have been split for the film, with half feeling like the film wasn’t necessary. As for us, we highly enjoyed the film. (You can read our review here.) Audiences have been loving the movie since it got a CinemaScore A.

Disney is doing big at the box office this year since it now has 4 movies that made over $1 billion with Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Aladdin, and The Lion King. The year isn’t over yet with Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hitting theaters later this year.

Disney has more plans for live-action remakes including Mulan, Lady and the Tramp, Cruella, and The Little Mermaid. Once the studio has remade all of its classics, the next step is most likely to do sequels, which we’re seeing with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Are you looking forward to more live-action Disney remakes? Let us know!

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