Jon Favreau's The Lion King CGI-remake may not have the best reviews from fans and from critics, but it sure is pulling a whole lot of money for the Mickey Mouse House.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney's The Lion King remake has been earning bucket-loads at the box office, passing the $1 billion mark worldwide. This is a pretty considerable feat seeing how the film's only been in cinemas for about two weeks. In comparison, Aladdin took more than two months to reach $1 billion at the global box office.
This definitely doesn't seem like good news for fans tired of Disney's remakes. For the past nine years, the Mickey Mouse House has been making remakes of its animated movies, and according to Cinema Blend, the company has managed to pull in over $7 billion. Though cumulative review scores for recent remakes like Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King aren't hat particularly good, these films have been making major money. Especially The Lion King. If the film's performance is to be an indicator of what Disney should do next, we're probably going to guess even more remakes.
Right now, the Mickey Mouse House is working on remakes for Mulan, The Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid, and Cruella. While there have been many controversies surrounding Disney's casting choices for The Little Mermaid, we're guessing that the studio is trying to ride on the conversation and use all the press as a way of hyping up the film. Smart, really.
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The Lion King is currently screening in cinemas.