Disney’s Debut of ‘The Lion King’ in China Made $54.7 Million — More Than ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and ‘Aladdin’

It’s time for Disney fans to return to the Pride Lands. Although the movie does not premiere in the United States until July 19, fans in China raced to the theaters to see Simba, Nala, and the gang. Disney’s adaptation of The Lion King enjoyed a successful opening weekend in China, bringing in $54.7 million. Here’s how The Lion King compares to other live-action films, like Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and Aladdin.

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The Lion King | Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ premiered in Los Angeles on July 9, 2019

After about 25 years, Disney fans will finally see Simba, Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa on the silver screen. This time, they’ll look a little different. Disney’s adaptation of The Lion King features actors like Donald Glover, Eric Andre, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Fans around the world are already excited.

Although The Lion King is not available for viewing in the United States, the film already had its opening weekend in China, where it topped other Disney live-action films in terms of profits.

In China, ‘The Lion King’ earned $54.7 million during its opening weekend, more than other Disney live-action remakes

Disney’s film has not premiered in the United States. However, the film enjoyed a successful opening weekend in China, raking in $13.4 million on Friday. That’s more than the $13.2 million three-day debut of Pixar’s animated film Toy Story 4 last month.

The Lion King’s $54.7 million in three-day weekend sales in China is more than other live-action remakes produced by the company. That includes films like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Jungle Book.

In the United States, CNBC estimates The Lion King will haul in anywhere from $175 to $200 million from its opening weekend. According to Variety, Toy Story 4 earned about $135 million in North America during its opening weekend. Disney’s live-action Aladdin earned $112.7 million in the United States during its opening weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Beyonce, and Jay-Z | Niklas Halle’n-WPA Pool/Getty Images

‘The Lion King’ premiered in the United Kingdom and even Meghan Markle went

At the Los Angeles premiere, Destiny Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Beyoncé on the red carpet. At The Lion King’s event in the United Kingdom, Beyoncé and Jay-Z chatted with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, also known as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Disney’s newest live-action adaptation earned the support of other public figures, including Jimmy Kimmel, who took his family to see the movie’s Los Angeles premiere.

Despite predicted box office sales, an A-list cast, and support from celebrities like Meghan Markle and Price Harry, critic reviews for this film are mixed. The Lion King currently has 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, primarily based on critic reviews. However, some state that reviews will not stop fans from flocking to the theaters.

“What will sometimes happen, if a movie has a low Rotten Tomato score, is that it will have a slightly smaller opening, but after word of mouth, it will continue to play for weeks,” Brock Bagby, executive vice president of B&B Theaters, said. “The general public want to see this movie.”

Disney’s adaptation of The Lion King premieres in the United States on July 19, 2019.