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Elton John Says 'The Lion King' Remake Was a 'Huge Disappointment'

Elton John isn’t happy with how The Lion King remake experience turned out for him.

The “Yellow Brick Singer” singer opened up in an interview for British GQ‘s latest issue.

Elton worked on the original animated film soundtrack, and was involved in reworking the songs for the new version of the film. He also wrote a new song for the official remake’s soundtrack.

“The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact,” he said.

“The magic and joy were lost. The soundtrack hasn’t had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success. I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect. That makes me extremely sad. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.”

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'The Lion King' Remake Becomes Top Grossing Animated Movie Of All Time!

The Lion King just broke a major record!

The latest worldwide box office numbers – not adjusted for inflation – show that the 2019 remake has officially become the top grossing animated movie of all time.

Frozen, which was released by Disney in 2013, previously held the top spot, earning $1.27 billion in the worldwide box office. As of this weekend, The Lion King has earned just over $1.33 billion.

This also makes The Lion King the number 12 movie of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.

The film could also earn a spot in the top ten if it out-earns both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 and Black Panther – which are narrowly ahead by $1.341 billion and $1.346 billion, respectively.

Beyonce Was Photoshopped Into 'Lion King' Cast Photo, Her Co-Star John Oliver Confirms!

John Oliver just confirmed something that many suspected…Beyonce was photoshopped into the Lion King cast photo!

The photo features Donald Glover (Simba) and Beyonce (Nala), along with John, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner (Zazu, Pumbaa and Timon), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), Eric André, Florence Kasumba and Keegan-Michael Key (hyenas Azizi, Shenzi and Kamari), JD McCrary (Young Simba), and Shahadi Wright Joseph (Young Nala).

While making an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, John said, “She wasn’t there. No she wasn’t there…I think almost everyone else was there.”

Chiwetel [Ejiofor] was sitting in the front and he said, ‘You need to be careful where your foot is,’ and I look down on the floor and there was just this piece of tape on the floor with Beyonce’s name on it,” John continued. Check out 6:45 in the video clip to watch.

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'The Lion King' - Opening Weekend Box Office Numbers Revealed!

The Lion King is huge!

The 2019 Disney remake of the animated classic brought in $185 million across 4,756 theaters in North America in its first three days of release, Variety reported on Sunday (July 21).

This marks the second-best opening of 2019, just behind Avengers: Endgame at $357 million. It’s also the biggest opening ever for a Disney remake!

The movie was a big success overseas as well, pulling in $269 million across the globe. Along with China’s opening numbers, the movie has raked in an impressive $531 million worldwide.

If you haven’t yet, listen to the newly released Lion King soundtrack, as well as Beyonce‘s new album The Gift, inspired by the film!

'The Lion King' Is Already Breaking Box Office Records!

The box office numbers for The Lion King are huge and the movie is already poised to break records after just one day in theaters.

The movie grossed $78.5 million on Friday at the domestic box office and the film could top $200 million for the opening weekend, according to THR.

The Lion King has earned the biggest opening day ever for a PG movie and the film will likely have the biggest opening weekend ever for a Disney live-action remake. The opening weekend will without a doubt be within the Top 10 opening weekends of all time.

Despite the mixed reviews that the movie received, audiences are loving the film and have give it an “A” CinemaScore.

Beyonce: 'The Lion King: The Gift' Album Stream & Download - Listen Now!

Beyoncé‘s The Lion King album is out now!

The 37-year-old entertainer just dropped her The Lion King: The Gift album – and you can listen to it now!

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“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” Beyoncé said about the album. “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

Earlier this week, Beyoncé released the music video for the first single off of the album “Spirit” – watch it here!

You can download Beyoncé‘s new album off of iTunes here and stream it below!