Billboard Magazine reports:
Hakuna matata, indeed. If anyone wondered whether lukewarm reviews would pose trouble for the opening weekend of The Lion King, the answer is a no.
Ditto for concern that audiences are fed up with Disney remakes; the movie scored the best start ever among its fellow stable of films after earning an A CinemaScore and glowing exit scores from ticket buyers.
The Lion King stampeded to an estimated $185 million in its North American debut for a 10-day worldwide total of $531 million through Sunday. The photorealistic CG reimagining of the 1994 animated classic is directed by Jon Favreau and features an all-star voice cast led by Donald Glover and Beyoncé.