However, the film is still far ahead of Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. This reboot earned $16.3 million on its preview night, while Pixar’s Incredibles 2 earned $18.5 million in its preview.
The photo-realistic remake, directed by Jon Favreau, features a star-studded cast, including Donald Glover (Simba), Beyonce Knowles (Nala), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Billy Eichner (Timon), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa). James Earl Jones returns to voice Mufasa from the original animated version because Disney fanatics would definitely never accept any other actor for the role.
The movie is one of the most-anticipated releases this year, but critics are already split on their feelings about it, according to Rotten Tomatoes, which gave the movie a 56% rating.