Disney‘s live-action remake of the 1994 classic has shattered a July record with its $185 Million North American opening. For, in hitting said mark, it’s become the highest movie debut of all-time within this calendar month.
Additionally, ‘The Lion King’ registers the biggest ever premiere gross for a PG film and the ninth largest for any movie.
Globally, the figure sees the Beyonce and Donald Glover led blockbuster amass a colossal $531 Million. The number means the film has more than doubled its budget within its first week in theaters.
With Blue Ivy by her side, Beyoncé stuns in the visual for her The Lion King: The Giftsingle “Spirit.” Just last week, Beyoncé released the anthem to the world, and during the The Lion King: Can You Feel the Love Tonight ABC Special with Robin Roberts, the music video for “Spirit” debuted. During the special, Beyoncé, who voiced the character of Nala for the live-action remake of Disney’s classic film, shared her creative vision for The Gift, the soundtrack she curated and produced.
“The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just use some of the sounds and do my interpretation of it,” the singer stated. “I wanted to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa. A lot of the drums, the chants, all of these incredible new sounds mixed with some of the producers from America, we’ve kind of created our own genre and I feel like the soundtrack becomes visual in your mind. It’s a soundscape. It’s more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.”
Walt Disney Studios has released the official trailer for the Jon Favreau-directed “The Lion King”.
The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
The movie goes into theaters on July 19, 2019.
“The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.