Saturday, April 20, 2024

“Lion King” Reboot Has $23 Mil Thursday Opening, But Beyonce Album Soars to Number 1 on iTunes


Doesn’t $23 million sound like a lot of money? It is! But that’s also a soft Thursday preview night for “The Lion King” reboot.

“The Lion King” previewed almost everywhere it opens tonight officially– in 4,250 theaters, the widest release in the history of greed.

Anyway. tomorrow’s Friday numbers will include that $23 million. So we could be looking at $100 million for three days.

Tepid reviews haven’t shooed off the audience. Familiarity will draw customers. Also Beyonce’s number 1 album “The Gift,” should be valued added.

And then there’s air conditioning. Box office should be up this weekend as over heated fans seek cooling areas. What’s better than a movie theater?

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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