By Mahita Gajanan
Updated: July 19, 2019 1:13 PM ET | Originally published: October 11, 2016

Disney’s remake of The Lion King is set to dominate the box office this weekend, with experts predicting that it could rake in between $180 million and $192 million in its opening weekend, which would put it on track to become the best domestic opening in history for the month of July.

The Lion King is the latest in a slate of live-action remakes of some of Disney’s most beloved tales. The updated version of the 1994 movie stars Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard and draws inspiration from the animated classic.

The release of The Lion King follows the premiere of a live-action version of Aladdin in May, with Will Smith filling Robin Williams’ shoes as the genie, and a remake of Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton, in March. That film expands on the original narrative by adding a human family to care for the beloved circus elephant. Between these films, Toy Story 4 and Avengers: Endgame, Disney has dominated the 2019 box office, and as of the year’s halfway point had brought in more than double any other studio.

Disney is set to release several more remakes of animated favorites, and many, including Mulan, come from the company’s famed Renaissance period, which started in 1989 and captivated a generation of viewers with songs and characters that remain influential today.

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