The Lion King, which is a remake of the 1994 animated film by the same name, is doing exceedingly well at the Indian box office and has exceeded expectations by crossing the 50 crore mark on Day 3! Thus having a great first weekend. The film, directed by Jon Favreau (The director of 2016, The Jungle Book), has a photo-realistic, computer-generated animation and is clearly still a favourite amongst its audience even after so many years. The film in all languages went strong over the weekend and managed to collect about Rs 53 crore.
The film boasts an all-star voice cast led by Donald Grover and Beyonce, while the Hindi version has been dubbed by Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan Khan. This was sure to create an increase in the footfall. According to Boxofficeindia.com, “The Lion King had an excellent first weekend of 54 crore nett and showed an extraordinary trend as collections went from 11 crore nett on Friday to 24 crore nett on Saturday. It went up almost 120% from Friday to Sunday which has not happened before for a film which opened double digits.” As per the report, among the Hollywood releases in India, The Lion King has recorded the third-highest opening weekend and is only behind two Marvel blockbusters: Avengers Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War."
The film wasn't received well by the critics and it was rated 2 stars by SpotboyE.com Editor Vickey Lalwani as he wrote, "It's almost all over for Disney's all-new photorealistic computer-animated remake of The Lion King (English) from the iconic opening scene, with all the animals gathering to bow before the cub Simba. It looks exceedingly sweet, fake and cold. Imagine a film full of animals recording low readings on the temperature scale from the word 'Go'."
The trend is expected to continue going strong on Monday as well, however, might see a reduction in the number of audiences during the weekdays. The film released in 4 languages- English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil in India.
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