'The Lion King' roars again 25 years later (with Beyoncé)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The new "Lion King" movie has hit theaters!
"The Lion King" is one of this summer's most anticipated releases. Early tracking suggests that it could make as much as $150 million in its first weekend in North America, and it's already grossed over $55 million in China. Thursday marked opening day.
Beyonce's new album inspired by "The Lion King" features collaborations with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter. Beyonce announced Tuesday that "The Lion King: The Gift," which will be released Friday, also includes songs with Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack and Jessie Reyez.
In the new version of "The Lion King," in theaters Friday, Beyonce voices the character of Nala and Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is Simba. Beyonce curated and executive produced "The Lion King: The Gift," which also features collaborations with Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and 070 Shake.
Jay-Z appears on the song "Mood 4 Eva." Blue Ivy is featured on "Brown Skin Girl."
Beyonce's song "Spirit," released last week, is featured in the film and appears on both the official "Lion King" soundtrack as well as "The Lion King: The Gift."