Disney’s live-action ‘Lion King’ expected to feel the box-office love this weekend

“The Lion King,” Disney’s live-action version of the animated film from 1994 and long-running Broadway hit, will roar into theaters this weekend and expectations are high.

The film DIS, -1.16% which features a new original song from Beyoncé and a starry voice cast that includes Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner and Chiwetel Ejiofor, among others, is expected to generate up to $190 million in box office receipts.

That would be more than the top 10 gross from the same weekend a year ago of just $157 million, that was led by the release of “The Equalizer 2” and “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,” with grosses of $36 million and $35 million, according to MKM analyst Eric Handler.

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