Lion King opens to roaring success, rakes in R2.5bn

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John Kani and Lebo M.

The opening weekend for The Lion King in North America raked in an astounding $180million (R2.5billion), making it the second-best performing opening for this year.The excitement has trickled down to South Africa, with social media abuzz and cinemas selling out.

On Thursday, the launch hosted by the Johannesburg Country Club left nothing to chance, turning the space into a safari haven for fans, celebrities and dignitaries. Guests of honour John Kani and Lebo M thrilled guests with their speeches and musical performance before the movie began.

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