It’s time once again to turn on The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of the latest in the world of culture, from box-office news to release-date announcements. In today’s installment: A new Ralph and a new Rocky dominate the holiday; Disney’s Lion King trailer feels the love; and a premiere date for The Walking Dead comes alive.
The five-day Thanksgiving weekend set a new box-office record, thanks to Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, which earned $84.5 million—or approximately 723,383 hearts—and Creed II, the Michael B. Jordan/Sylvester Stallone boxing drama, which came in second with $55.8 million. Meanwhile, Netflix’s theatrical run for Roma, one of its big Oscar hopefuls, reportedly had a promising weekend in limited release, though the streamer never releases its official box-office figures.
At the other end of the boffo box office spectrum, the latest Robin Hood adaptation, starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx, opened in a disastrous seventh place for the weekend. With a budget estimated to be between $90 and $100 million, Robin Hood is now one of the poorest-grossing blockbusters of the year. There were clearly hopes the story of Robin and his merry band would launch a franchise; instead, it’s turned out to be a little jawn.
I Just Can’t Wait to See the King
The first trailer for Disney’s highly anticipated remake (revival? reboot? rehoof?) of the animated 1994 hit The Lion King was a huge hit over the weekend, earning nearly a quarter-billion worldwide views in its first 24 hours online. Directed by Jon Favreau, the new Lion King stars Donald Glover as the voice of Simba and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, with James Earl Jones revising his role as Mufasa. The movie opens July 19; judging by the early response, those hoping to see it opening night should be prepared for long lines.
AMC has set a February 10 premiere date for the second half of The Walking Dead‘s ninth season—which presumably won’t star long-time Walking lead Andrew Lincoln, who exited the show earlier this month (but will be returning for a series of movies). The show’s troubled ratings have stabilized a bit in recent weeks, proof that the zombie show can still come back from the dead. [***CELEBRATORY BALLOONS FALL FROM THE CEILING AT WIRED HQ, AS THE “WALKING DEAD BACK FROM THE DEAD” PUN IS EMPLOYED FOR THE 10,000TH TIME. CONGRATS TO ALL!***]