5 Things that Should Matter Today: Can we talk about ”The Lion King” becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time? (Posted By Dj Valentino)

THE LION KING - Featuring the voices of James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and JD McCrary as Young Simba, Disney's "The Lion King" is directed by Jon Favreau. In theaters July 19, 2019...© 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Ever since Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King was released in theaters last month, I have been monitoring its box office numbers as it steadily increased. I kept thinking – why are people seeing this movie? Is it because of Beyonce? Then it dawned on me that it was nostalgia, and it is the fuel driving people to theaters to watch a movie they know too well, only just with ”better” animation.

But now, The Lion King is the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. According to BoxOfficeMojo, the movie clawed $1.334 billion. Frozen has held this position for nearly six years with $1.287 billion, and now it’s time to let it go. Of course, this is a win for Disney, who are going to give Netflix serious competition with their upcoming streaming service Disney plus and their churning omnipresence seen in the rollout of Marvel’s phase 4 movies.

Mr Eazi is reopening emPawa for submissions

Mr Eazi’s emPawa initiative, a talent incubator for rising African artists, is reopening to submissions on Friday, August 15. This time around, emPawa Africa will offer 30 artists the funds to film their music video, as well as offer mentorship and guidance from cemented names like Diamond Platinumz, Sarkodie, Kwesta, Guilty Beatz, Juls, E. Kelly, DJ Neptune, Diplo and Mr Eazi himself, who will all be participating as mentors. More power to your elbow, Eazi.

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