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You Can’t Hide Your ‘Lion King’ Ayes - Week 13

Avengers: Endgame
Spider-Man: Far From Home
The Lion King
Toy Story 4
The Lion King has been a part of pop culture for 25 years now. We all instinctively define Hakuna Matata as having no worries for the rest of our days without even having to hum the song. Scar isn’t just something that happens when trying to open the fourth Ikea box with a utility knife to your kids new bedroom set that he apparently needs assembled right now or he’ll never fall asleep again; it’s also one of the most notorious villains of all-time. It even spawned the most successful stage musical of all-time and has earned literally over $8 billion!!! Elton John might as well just sing “Can you see the green tonight.”

Given that kind of interest level, should it be any surprise that people decided long ago they were “All In”? Rotten Tomato pans weren’t enough to slow down the crowds as The Lion King roared to an amazing $191.8 million opening weekend. Yeah, you know $185 million Spidey pulled-off a couple weeks ago in five days? Simba just did that in three. Stick that in your web shooter and smoke it!

This opening even topped the jaw-dropping debut of Beauty and the Beast by $15 million in 2017. That film went on to finish with just over $500 million and now The Lion King is set to manage the same royal feat. With Mulan and The Little Mermaid already on deck with Disney’s live-action remakes, I guess it’s time to dust off Oliver & Company. Heck, they could probably even do 101 Dalmatians again and we’d all just pretend those Glenn Close movies never happened… gladly.

For some reason, no one else even tried to compete with a $191 million juggernaut this weekend. What, no Poms? Not a fifth horror movie in a row? Sometimes it’s nice to be invited to be something you know you’re already going to say no to. Like a preview screening of Batista’s holiday movie My Spy where he’s a “hardened” CIA operative (as if there’s another kind) who has to befriend a precocious nine year-old girl. I’m going to pass, but thank you for asking!

This week… Now this is an odd wildcard: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Quentin Tarantino films certainly get buzz and critical attention and sometimes they even make some money like Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained. His last film, The Hateful Eight, did not fit in that “hit” category. Now he’s assembled another stellar cast and dropped a sprawling two hour and forty minute film into the summer season between The Lion King and next week’s Hobbs & Shaw, two films that epitomize “summer season.” We’ll see if Once Upon becomes a Never Again in Hollywood.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Avengers: Endgame - $854.5 million
#2. Toy Story 4 - $376.5 million
#3. Aladdin - $340.3 million
#4. Spider-Man: Far From Home - $319.9 million
#5. The Lion King - $191.8 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 07/25/2019

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Aladdin, Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Lion King, Toy Story 4
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