While "The Lion King" roared into theaters with a stunning $191 million, its staying power is looking less majestic.
Deadline reports that the Jon Favreau-directed remake is taking a bigger hit than was originally expected with an estimated haul of $77-$78.5 million for its second weekend. That's a a shockingly low figure compared to recent Disney remake "Beauty and the Beast," which took in $90 million in its second weekend.
Running total for "The Lion King" after 10 days is estimated to be $353.8M, which is about where "Beauty and the Beast" was, with $319 million after 10 days.
Although it has no chance of snatching "The Lion King'"s number one spot this weekend, Quentin Tarantino’s "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is currently tracking closer to a $40 million opening than early estimates of $30 million. If it passes $38 million, it will be a record opening for Tarantino, beating "Inglourious Basterds."
The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, had a stellar preview night at the box office Thursday, bringing in $5.8 million from showtimes that began at 4 p.m.
In Los Angeles, 70MM shows of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" at the Cinerama Dome are reportedly sold out. Fandango reported earlier this week that the movie is the best advance ticket pre-seller ever for Tarantino.