Lion King: Can a Film Be Enjoyable Without Being Really Good–Yes!

Critics Vs. Viewers

Film critics–yours truly included–are mixed with a 56% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes meter.

My Grade: B-

In contrast, moviegoers gave “The Lion King” an A CinemaScore.

Disney’s The Lion King dominates the North American box office back to life with an opening weekend in the $180 million range, estimates showed Saturday.

“The Lion King” should record the second-best opening of 2019 — and could replace “Incredibles 2,” which launched last year with $182.7 million, as the ninth biggest North American launch of all time.

The film is outperforming pre-release forecasts, which had been in the $150 million to $180 million range at a record 4,725 domestic locations. Disney reported that “The Lion King” delivered a massive $78.5 million opening day domestically, becoming the 10th highest opening day in industry history.

Disney issued a $175 million forecast for the weekend while other estimates placed the tentpole at $188 million.