Disney played a masterstroke by bringing Shah Rukh Khan, his son Aryan Khan and other Bollywood stars to dub for the Hindi version of Hollywood biggie The Lion King. Apart from them, Armaan Malik and Sunidhi Chauhan were also signed to sing for the film. The name itself has a huge fan base in India and the brand value of these stars further added to it and the result is quite visible at the Box Office.
The film has opened to a good response at the Box Office today as the morning occupancies have been recorded around 35% on an average. This is one of the biggest openings of 2019 for sure and with further growth in noon and evening shows, the first day numbers are likely to come in double digits.
The Jungle Book which released 3 years back earned 10.09 crores on the first day and did a lifetime business of 188 crores in India. It’s still 3rd highest grosser of Hollywood in India after Avengers: Endgame & Avengers: Infinity War.
Recently, Shah Rukh Khan revealed that he has seen The Lion King 40 times because of his children.
“We started watching ‘The Lion King‘ when it came out. Obviously, we had three kids at different intervals. We would make pizzas or dosas or whatever the kids liked, and create a movie theatre atmosphere at home and watch Lion King,” he said.
“I have seen it for 40 times at least. Maybe not the whole film but every now and then when my kids watched it,” he added.