News: The Lion King Reaches South African Box Office Milestone

The photorealistic remake of a classic animated Disney movie has become the third movie to surpass the R100 million mark in South Africa. As it's still on top of the charts after five weeks on circuit the sky's the limit for how much more it may earn.

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 29 August 2019
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The Lion King posterThe Walt Disney Company's photorealistc remake of The Lion King, which has been largely slated by critics, seems to have found a very loyal audience around the world that has pushed the box office takings to extremes. In South Africa the film squeezed past the coveted R100 million mark at the close of business on Sunday, 25 August 2019, making it only the third movie in history, after Black Panther last year and Avengers: Endgame two months ago, to do so.

The Lion King opened on circuit in South Africa on 19 July 2019 in the number one position, where it has remained for the past five weeks. It knocked Spider-Man: Far From Home from the top spot and has since fought off challenges from fan-favourite films such as Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

The Lion King made half its local money (R52 215 719) after its first two weekends on circuit but has continued to earn around R14 million to R16 million each week since then, which enabled it to squeeze past the R100 million point on Sunday night with cumulative takings of R101 077 133.

Nala and Simba in The Lion King

As it's still firmly entrenched in the top spot and there aren't any upcoming releases for at least the next few weeks that are likely to be able to challenge it it will be interesting to see how long the film will last at the box office.

Disney still has plans for the movie, including three screenings of the film at Sun Arena At Time Square in Pretoria in the December school holidays during which the film will be accompanied by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra playing its score live, and if the public's seemingly unquenchable thirst for this movie continues it is entirely possible that it will ultimately become the biggest movie ever to be released in South Africa.

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