Would it be crazy to predict that The Lion King will outgross Star Wars Episodes 8 and 9?
The original Lion King grossed $313M back in 1994 ($663M today), compared to Beauty and the Beast’s $146M in 1991 ($311M today). The live action Beauty and the Beast made $504M / $1.26B worldwide. As huge as that is I think Lion King can comfortably surpass both numbers. Another sign is The Lion King’s 3D re-release made $94M in 2011 compared to Beauty and the Beast’s $48M in 2012.
Some of the stars that aligned for The Force Awakens (original cast back, first Star Wars movie in 10 years, or 32 for prequel haters, very good reviews from critics, record warm winter, etc) won’t again for The Last Jedi and 9. I think a significant drop off (to $1.5 – 1.7B) is definitely possible. Granted, there’s the wild card of Carrie Fischer’s death.
2019 ‧ Action/Adventure