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Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ hauls in $54.7 million in China debut


Still from Disney’s remake of “The Lion King” featuring Mufasa, a young Simba and Zazu in the pridelands.


While critics in the U.S. debate the cinematic merits of Disney’s remake of “The Lion King,” Chinese audiences are proving that, sometimes, bad reviews won’t deter people from going to the movies.

Over the weekend, Disney earned $54.7 million in China, higher than the openings of “The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.”

“Lion King” is already on track to be one of the most successful Disney titles in the country, according to local projections. On Friday, the film hauled in $13.4 million in China, more than the $13.2 million three-day debut of “Toy Story 4″…


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