It was in 1994 that Disney introduced Simba, Timon and Pumba to the world. The animated film turned out to be a huge success, and now 25 years later, one of the most popular tales is back to mesmerise everyone. The photo-realistic reboot of The Lion King hit the screens on July 18, and going by the box-office numbers, the craze around the film is still intact, India Today reported.
The Lion King, which crossed the Rs 50-crore mark in its opening weekend, is unstoppable at the ticket windows. After making Rs 70 crore within 5 days of its release, The Lion King did decent business on Wednesday too. The Lion King made Rs 6.25 crore, thus taking the total to Rs 75.92 crore, reported India Today.
After Avengers Endgame, The Lion King is the second Hollywood film of 2019 to cross the Rs 50-crore mark in its opening weekend in India.
Trade analyst Amul Mohan told IndiaToday.in, “Most of these Hollywood films are sequels or are part of a bigger franchise that are known to the audiences at large. Like Spider-Man and Avengers are from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and The Lion King and Aladdin have nostalgia value.”
“The VFX are good and they utilise the 3D technology very well. These kind of gimmicks also go a long way, especially when catering to an Indian audience, who are generally not given so many larger-than-life films in a year, locally. They don’t really have superhero films as a genre or such kind of special effects gimmicks, so these attributes also help,” he added.
Ever since the teaser of The Lion King hit the web, excitement has been palpable, especially around the Hindi-dubbed version as Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan have lent their voice, India Today reported.
Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King revolves around Simba who is next in line to become the king. But after his father Mufasa is murdered, young Simba goes into self-imposed exile. However, the true heir to the throne must accept his destiny and return to his kingdom, India Today reported.