Disney's “The Lion King” is heading for a dominant $185 million opening weekend in North America, early estimates showed Friday.
It's already topped $130 million internationally and is opening in most markets this weekend. The movie debuted in China a week ago and has pulled in $76 million so far.
Sony's third weekend of "Spider-Man: Far From Home" should finish second in the $21 million range to give the superhero saga around $320 million domestically. "Spider-Man: Far from Home" has also pulled in around $560 million internationally.
The tentpole took in $23 million in Thursday night previews — the biggest preview number since Disney-Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame" set the record on April 25 with $60 million and went on to gross an astounding $357 million on its opening weekend. The film appears to be outperforming pre-sale forecasts, which had been in the $150 million to $180 million range in a record 4,725 domestic locations.
James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa from the animated movie. Elton John reworked his musical compositions from the original film with Beyoncé assisting. Beyonce also created and performed a new song for the film, "Spirit," which was released on July 9. “The Lion King” boasts an A-list voice cast, including Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa.
Disney-Pixar's fifth frame of "Toy Story 4" will finish in third in the $13 million range, giving the animated comedy nearly $375 million by the end of the weekend. The second weekend of Paramount's "Crawl" and the third frame of Universal's "Yesterday" will be battling for fourth place at around $5 million each.” />
The summer has also declined by 5.9% to $2.78 billion. “The Lion King” is arriving at multiplexes with 2019 domestic box office having plunged a discouraging 9.1% to $6.26 billion as of July 19, according to Comscore.
"The Lion King," directed by Jon Favreau, is a photo-realistic remake of Disney's classic 1994 animated hit. Reviewers have been split over "The Lion King" with a 56% Rotten Tomatoes rating, but the mixed notices appear to be having little impact among moviegoers. The story is centered on a young lion named Simba assuming his role as the king of the Pride Lands animal kingdom after his father, Mufasa, is murdered.
Should that number hold, "The Lion King" will record the second-best opening of 2019 — and give the sagging domestic box office a badly needed boost. "The Lion King" would replace "Incredibles 2," which launched last year with $182.7 million, as the ninth biggest North American launch of all time.

Amazon.com handily beat Wall Street estimates for profit for the first quarter of 2019 — reporting $3.6 billion net income, an all-time quarterly record for the ecommerce behemoth.
The company's guidance for Q1 was for net sales of between $56 billion and $60 billion (below analysts' prior estimates of $60.8 billion). Analyst consensus estimates were for revenue of $59.65 billion and EPS of $4.72. Sales increased 17% to $59.7 billion in Q1, with net profit more than doubling in the first quarter to deliver earnings of $7.09 per diluted share.
Prime Video will also be broadly available across Android TV device partners, and the YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also come to Fire TV later this year. The two companies over the next few months planning to launch an official YouTube app on Amazon Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, as well as the Prime Video app for streaming to Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. The company also called out its cease-fire with Google in their fight over video-streaming apps.
Separately, earlier this month Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos reached final terms on his divorce from his wife, MacKenzie, under which Jeff is retaining 75% of the couple's Amazon shares as well as full voting control of 100% of the stake. MacKenzie Bezos will own shares representing about 4% of Amazon’s outstanding common stock, meaning Jeff Bezos will retain a 12% stake — and keeping his status as the world's wealthiest individual.” />
Revenue in the company's "Other" segment — which primarily comprises ad sales — rose 34% year-over-year, to $2.72 billion. Amazon's AWS cloud division again thundered to impressive growth, with revenue up 41% to $7.70 billion (in line with Wall Street estimates). Amazon's subscription services grew 40%, to $4.34 billion; that category includes fees associated with Amazon Prime, as well as audiobook, digital video, e-book, digital music, and other non-AWS subscription services.
Among other points the company called out in its earnings release, Amazon noted that its Fire TV line of connected devices now has more than 30 million active users, as previously announced.
During Q1, Amazon Studios greenlit more than 20 new and returning local original series, including "La Templanza" in Spain, "Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" in Germany, "Bandish Bandits" in India, "El Presidente in Mexico," and "The Bachelorette" in Japan.
Additionally, the film "Guava Island" starring Donald Glover and Rihanna launched on Prime Video after it premiered at Coachella. On the Prime Video front, the service debuted original series "Hanna," billed as a thriller/coming-of-age drama, based on the 2011 film, and announced the series was picked up for season two.
But the company nixed plans for the NYC outpost after encountering political opposition, particularly over the more than $2 billion in tax incentives it was set to receive. Last fall, Amazon announced its “HQ2” plans for a second base of operations in North America would be split between Queens in New York City and the Crystal City neighborhood in Arlington, Va., just south of Washington, D.C.

"These 40×60 stages are so archaic. It's the same type of stage on which Shakespeare's works were performed hundreds of years ago," TMZ cites one rather melodramatic source as saying.
According to a report in TMZ, Kanye West, one of the rumored headliners for the 2019 Coachella Festival, will not be performing due to a disagreement over staging.
West, of course, is not known for taking the easy route with anything, but his live performances in recent years have been elaborate and extremely expensive: His 2016 “Saint Pablo” tour featured a stage that was suspended some 50 feet over the audience and moved from one side of the arena to the other; his 2013 “Yeezus” tour featured a giant fake mountain and many extra performers; and even his set with Kid Cudi as Kids See Ghosts at the Camp Flog Gnaw festival in November found the two of them performing inside a giant glass box that reminded many (including Lorde) of Lorde’s staging for her “Melodrama” tour.” />
Reps for West and Goldenvoice either declined comment or could not immediately be reached for comment.
If the report is accurate, West's plans for his set must have been complex, as Beyonce's wildly ambitious set at the 2018 festival was far from traditional in terms of its staging.
A source tells Variety the lineup announcement is probably imminent, which is not surprising as Coachella traditionally posts its lineup in the first week of January. Other reported headliners include Childish Gambino — a.k.a. Donald Glover, who has said his current tour is his last as Gambino — Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.
The publication cites “multiple sources” as saying that West found the festival’s traditional 60×40-foot stage "artistically limiting," and Goldenvoice, which produces the festival, would not allow it to be altered or removed for West’s set, presumably owing to the logistical complications involved — although Beyonce put on an elaborate set at the 2018 festival.

She will voice an animal brand new to the kingdom that was established in the 1994 animated classic. Comedian Amy Sedaris has joined the cast of Disney's live-action "The Lion King" remake, numerous individuals close to the project tell Variety.
Favreau and Sedaris previously worked together on his 2014 food-truck drama "Chef." She is no stranger to animated voice work, having appeared in all five seasons of Netflix's "BoJack Horseman" and the acclaimed 2016 indie "My Life as a Zucchini." She was also a regular on Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's Netflix comedy "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
1 title, "Avengers: Infinity War"). The film's first teaser trailer dropped on Thanksgiving Day to great fanfare, generating 224.6 million global views, making it the second most-viewed trailer in history within 24 hours (Disney also owns the No. The actress joins an impressive ensemble that includes Donald Glover, Beyonce, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, and Alfre Woodard.
She currently stars on the TruTV series "At Home With Amy Sedaris," a sketch series for which she serves as co-creator, executive producer, and star.

Sedaris is repped by UTA and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.” />
Under the purview of director Jon Favreau, Sedaris will play an elephant shrew — so named for long noses that resemble elephant trunks, the tiny mammal is native to Africa and known for its top speed.

In addition to Jones, the star-studded cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Eric André as Azizi, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa. JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play young Simba and young Nala, respectively.
Disney released the teaser trailer on Thursday as part of the Thanksgiving football festivities, replicating the opening scene of the beloved 1994 original animated film.
The teaser trailer for the upcoming "live action" feature — which is really just photoreal animation — accumulated 224.6 million views globally in its first 24 hours, becoming Disney's most watched trailer in a day. Across all studios, it's the second most watched teaser, behind that of "Avengers: Infinity War," which tallied 238 million views.
“The Lion King” is set to hit theaters on July 19, 2019.” />
Jon Favreau, who also helmed Disney’s live-action/CGI hybrid version of “The Jungle Book” in 2016, is directing. It’s the latest live-action remake from the studio, which found success with “Beauty and the Beast” last year and will also release new versions of “Dumbo,” “Aladdin,” “Lady and the Tramp,” and “Mulan” in the coming years.
CinemaCon attendees also got a sneak peek of the opening sequence earlier this year. The first footage of the highly anticipated remake was shown last summer to fans at D23.
“Everything the light touches is our kingdom,” says Mufusa (James Earl Jones, reprising his role from the original) in a voiceover, as the camera pans over the African wilderness.
Anticipation for Disney's rollout of live action adaptations can sometimes be lukewarm, but that's clearly not the case with "The Lion King."


The tributes to Mac Miller, who died Friday of an apparent drug overdose, continued on concert stages Saturday night, with Childish Gambino and Elton John remembering the rapper.
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Mac, wherever you are, I hope you’re happy now.” And in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the opening show of his three-year farewell tour, Elton John dedicated his 1974 hit “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to Miller, “Who unbelievably, at 26, passed away. “I would like to pass all of our love and best wishes to his loved ones, his family, his friends. It’s inconceivable that someone so young and with so much talent could do that,” he said.
He added that people “should be allowed to be sad about it. My heart was broken and I feel good about being sad because it tells me that he was special, that I had a special moment… Everybody in this room deserves that.”
“He was the sweetest guy, he was so nice. And we were both internet music kids, and a lot of critics were like, ‘This corny-ass white dude, this corny-ass black dude,’ and we used to talk. And this kid, he just loved music.” “I’m a very sensitive person… but this Mac Miller sh– got me f—ed up,” he said.
In Chicago, Gambino (aka Donald Glover) asked fans not “commodify this moment” by filming him, although many did.
He dedicated his song ‘Riot’ to Miller, adding, “I just wanna say ‘I love you, Mac, and I just want to tell you that I love you and this song is for him because I feel like sometimes he wanted to let go.”