China Box Office: Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Roars With Big $14.5M Friday

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Walt Disney’s The Lion King is off to a chart-topping start in China. lion-king-5

The Jon Favreau-directed film earned a estimated $14.5 million on Friday, a big number for a family title. Lion King is launching in China a week ahead of its debut in North America and most other major international markets.

 

The film appears to have been warmly received by Chinese filmgoers, scoring 9/10 on leading ticketing platform Maoyan, 9/10 on Alibaba’s ticketing service Taopiaopiao and 7.6/10 on Douban, an influential local reviews site.

 

Those scores are roughly in line with Disney’s live-action Aladdin — 9/10 on Maoyan and 7.8/10 on Douban —  which opened in the Middle Kingdom in late May.

 

The Lion King is on track to sell considerably more tickets, however. Aladdin earned $19 million in its opening weekend and topped out at approximately $53 million. (Favreau’s own The Jungle Book opened to $49 million, not adjusted for inflation, in April 2016.)

 

So far, Lion King is pacing ahead of both Jungle Book and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which earned $11.6 million and $12.4 million on their opening days, respectively.

 

Maoyan currently predicts The Lion King will bring in $59 million (RMB 412 million) during its opening weekend, for an eventual final total of approximately $170 million (RMB 1.19 billion).

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   Walt Disney
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