'The Lion King' felt record-breaking box office love on its huge opening weekend

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The (new) Lion King might have been met with a bit of a muted reaction from critics, but money speaks louder than reviews. Whether it was nostalgia, curiosity, the sheer magnetism of Beyoncé, or a combination of all of the above, audiences piled into cinemas for the remake like a wildebeest stampede, defying predictions (and a pretty squishy Rotten Tomatoes score) to set new box office records.

Disney’s photorealistic remake topped the box office on its opening weekend with a huge $185 million in U.S. theatres and $531 million overall worldwide. Analyst predictions had the domestic take sitting closer to $150 million. Read more...

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