Disney’s Live Action Lion King is not even in theaters yet and already it’s breaking box office records. The film hits theaters on July 19 and is one of the most anticipated films of the summer.
The 24-hour sales for Lion King recorded the best ever pre-sale tickets for a family movie. It also has posted the second-highest first day ticket sales of the year, second only the Avengers: Endgame which is one of the highest grossing films of all time (and also a Disney hit).
Fandango also recorded record numbers for the live action remake of the Disney classic. Posting that the film has capture the best first-day sales of all the of the Disney live-action adaptations surpassing Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and the star studded Aladdin that was just released.
Disney has already racked up a successful movie year with Avengers: Endgame which smashed $1 billion worldwide in just five days and $2 billion in 12 days and after its re-release with an added scene just surpassed the $2.75 billion mark on its way to $3 billion.
Disney’s live action adaptation of Aladdin did better than anticipated, bringing in over $817 million worldwide to date, making it the third highest grossing film of 2019. Interesting fact: Aladdin has brought in around the same numbers as Star Wars: Solo, and has been considered a success at the box office exceeding expectations from critics and The Walt Disney Company but Solo was actually considered a failure at the box office due the high level of anticipation ahead of its release.
Toy Story 4 which was released on June 20 and just finished its opening weekend brought in just over $135 million during its first four days. Although not a blockbuster, the film performed well over its opening weekend but saw a drastic drop in sales going into its first full week in theaters.
Lion King pre-sale numbers like this are big news for the Walt Disney Company because this puts the film on par to surpass Beauty and the Beast which closed in theaters with $1.2 billion and is currently sitting as the 15th highest grossing film ever (adjusted for inflation). This means that the next live action in Disney’s arsenal could very well be yet another film surpassing the $1 billion mark for Disney.
Industry projections for The Lion King have been adjusted following pre-sale numbers and the film is now expected to gross between $180-$200 million worldwide over its opening weekend.