From the big screen of theaters to the small screen of social media, the weekend belonged to Beyoncé.
On Friday, The Lion King opened in the US and roared into the record books. The film had the biggest opening for July, the biggest opening for a PG film, the biggest live-action update that Disney has released so far, all for one of the 10 biggest domestic openings of all time. It’s good to be the king.
Directed by Jon Favreau, the update to the 1994 classic stars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa.
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While the king stampeded the competition at the box office, the real ruler was the Queen.
Beyoncé is also the executive producer behind The Lion King: The Gift, a collection of 14 original tracks inspired by the film and the music of Africa, which dropped alongside the release of the film.
The companion album features several stand outs, but a song featuring her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, has sparked a beautiful movement across timelines.
The Carter’s first child stars and sings on “BROWN SKIN GIRL”, a tribute with an extra shot of sincerity from her inclusion. Since the release of the song, women have been sharing their own pictures of empowerment from their skin color by taking the #BrownSkinGirlChallenge.
Beyoncé has also released an extended video for two other songs from The Lion King: The Gift. The uplifting bookends from the album, “BIGGER” and “SPIRIT”, come together in a gorgeous celebration. You can watch the new video below.
The Lion King is in theaters everywhere.