Mid July is typically the start of the summer movie wind-down. However, this year that certainly will not be the case with the July 19 opening of Disney’s highly anticipated “The Lion King.” Box office pundits are predicting a three-day-take for the family film to approximate $200 million, which if true, will make “The Lion King” one of the highest grossing July release openings ever and possibly one of the highest grossing films of 2019.
The film premiered this week in Los Angeles and early reactions are very good. Just as important in this digital age, the film’s social channels have been gaining major momentum in recent weeks. Bottom line, expect this one to be King of the summer box office!
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Speaking of “Hobbs & Shaw,” tracking is seeing that film as a potential early August Blockbuster with an opening north of $100 million (release date is 8/2). This coupled with positive early word on Sony’s “Angry Birds 2” (it will be better than the first) should make usually sleepy August a solid movie-going month. The rest of the month’s releases include Paramount’s kid-friendly “Dora & the Lost City of Gold” (8/9), Universal’s non-kid-friendly “Good Boys” (8/16), WB’s “The Kitchen” (8/9) and Lionsgate’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (8/9). Also, because we need another August killer shark movie, look for “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” on 8/16.
Looking forward to spring 2020, the release of Disney’s “Mulan” teaser trailer is breaking records! The trailer has generated 175 million views in the first 24-hours, with significant viewership coming from China. Following the success of “Aladdin” and most likely "The Lion King,” this looks to be the next Disney live-action film to watch out for…