$185 Million Opening Weekend for ‘The Lion King’

The reimagined film The Lion King had a massive opening weekend at the box office raking in an estimated $185 million in the U.S. That is the highest opening weekend in the month of July ever, surpassing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which earned $169.1 million in 2011.

Disney had estimated the film’s opening weekend would earn around $150 million, and analyst had predicted it would land anywhere between $175 million and $200 million, according to CNBC.com.

Despite the film having a relatively low critics score on Rotten Tomatoes at 55%, the audience score was much higher at 89%.

Internationally The Lion King earned $269 million, which puts the global opening weekend total at $531 million.

Credit: CNBC