Disney’s The Lion King movie debuted this past weekend in South Africa, and it was well-received by fans and masses.
With over 274 000 attendances, the film roared to life as it took in R24.5 million over the weekend, making this the biggest July and the third biggest opening weekend of all-time at the South African Box Office, only behind Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War.
Friday 19 July saw The Lion King take in over R6.4 million, which is the biggest opening day July has ever seen in South Africa. Saturday’s R9.8 million is the second biggest box office day ever, only behind Avengers: Endgame’s opening Saturday (27 April 2019). This weekend is also the biggest opening for a Disney-branded film.
Elsewhere on the African continent, The Lion King opened at number one in both East and West Africa, also with the biggest July opening day and the all-time biggest opening weekend in July ever. In East Africa it opened with over kes 16.2 million (the fourth biggest opening weekend) and in West Africa, the tally was over N74.5 million (the fifth biggest opening weekend).
The Lion King is directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
The cast of ‘The Lion King’ will feature a star-studded cast including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, John Kani, James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa, Seth Rogen and many more.
In this movie, Donald Glover portrays future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic.