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''Lion King'' Soars Past Predictions

Written by Chief Editor.

Disney's The Lion King blew past industry expectations with a huge box office opening last weekend.

The film, which is a reboot of the studio's 1994 animated classic, has made an estimated $531 million worldwide in 10 days of release. That includes an estimated $185 million opening over the weekend in North America. Analysts had projected that the flick would make around $150 million for its domestic opening.

The Lion King also netted $98 million in China — the world's second largest movie market.

Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King has an all star cast that includes Beyoncé, Donald Glover, John Oliver and Seth Rogen all lending their voice work to the film.

It also boasts a new song, Never Too Late, written by Sirs Elton John and Tim Rice. It appears both during the movie's end credits and on the official soundtrack for The Lion King.