Box office report: 'The Lion King 3D' claims box-office crown with $29.3 million; Newcomers fizzle


Nostalgia wins again! Disney’s The Lion King 3D, a technologically enhanced re-release of the 1994 animated classic, tore up the competition at the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $29.3 million — more than the other three newcomers combined.

In The Lion King‘s original theatrical run, it roared up a stunning $312.9 million total, becoming the highest-grossing animated film in box office history at that time. The film earned another $15.7 million during a 2002 IMAX re-release, and now another $29.3 million during the first weekend of its two-week run. All told, Simba and co. have grossed $357.8 million in theaters domestically over the last two decades.

And then there’s the home market, where Disney is hoping buyers will seek out The Lion King on Blu-ray 3D when it debuts on Oct. 4. According to The-Numbers, The Lion King has amassed $1.5 billion in home market revenue from video sales and rentals, and after the profitable publicity of this weekend, that number should be moving up shortly. The Mouse House converted The Lion King into 3-D for a very low cost (a rep for the studio said “the low single digits”), so even if the film completely bombs on DVD — which it won’t — it’s already proving to be a big success.

An impressive 92 percent of The Lion King 3D‘s gross came from 3-D screens, and it earned a terrific $12,575 per theater average by playing to a very wide range of moviegoers. People under the age of 25 made up 59 percent of the audience, as families (who made up 74 percent of the audience) took their kids to see the film. Still, many couples and young people without children saw the film simply for nostalgic reasons. Women slightly edged out men in rewatching the popular musical — females made up 56 percent of the crowd.


But enough about lions — let’s get to the rest of the chart! Last weekend’s champ, Contagion, came in second place, declining just 35 percent to $14.5 million and lifting its total to $44.2 million. The well-reviewed illness thriller remained a top choice for adult audiences on a weekend when Straw Dogs, Drive, and I Don’t Know How She Does It were all targeting them as well. If the Warner Brothers picture can maintain soft week-to-week drops, it will have no trouble earning back its $60 million budget.

Ryan Gosling’s artsy thriller Drive raced into third place with $11 million. The R-rated FilmDistrict production, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, played mostly to an older crowd, as 75 percent of the audience was 25 or older. Unfortunately,  not everyone who saw the film liked it — despite strong critical reviews, audiences issued Drive a harsh “C–” CinemaScore grade, which does not bode well for its box-office longevity. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come to Gosling/Refn collaborations. The film earned a fair $3,818 per theater average.

In fourth place was Disney’s stalwart August release The Help, which continued to work up solid numbers in its sixth weekend. The Kathryn Stockett adaptation fell by 28 percent to $6.4 million, and it has now earned $147.4 million against its $25 million budget. If only the films in fifth and sixth place were so lucky…

Straw Dogs debuted in fifth place with a very weak $5 million. The Sony remake (of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 film with Dustin Hoffman), which played mostly to males (60 percent) and older audiences (61 percent at least 25 years-old) has already exhibited major frontloadedness, earning $2 million on Friday but only 2.5 times that over the full frame. With a “C” CinemaScore grade, Straw Dogs will be lucky to break $10 million total.

Next up was Sarah Jessica Parker’s rom-com I Don’t Know How She Does It, which I can only imagine is a two-hour clip of Parker wondering how she (obviously, Nala), actually does it (makes money at the box office). The Weinstein production, produced for about $20-25 million, earned just $4.5 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, failing even to live up to Parker’s 2009 box-office bomb Did You Hear About The Morgans?, which debuted to $6.6 million. The film was viewed by 74 percent females, and it received a “B–” CinemaScore grade.

Other notable box-office happenings this weekend: Rise of the Planet of the Apes crossed the $170 million plateau, Crazy Stupid Love surpassed $80 million total, and Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain earned another $1.2 million out of only 230 theaters, lifting its 10-day total to a remarkable $3.6 million.

1. The Lion King 3D — $29.3 mil
2. Contagion — $14.5 mil
3. Drive — $11.0 mil
4. The Help — $6.4 mil
5. Straw Dogs — $5.0 mil
6. I Don’t Know Who She Does It — $4.5 mil
7. The Debt — $2.9 mil
8. Warrior — $2.8 mil
9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes — $2.6 mil
10. Colombiana — $2.3 mil

Follow Grady on Twitter: @BoxOfficeJunkie

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  • Holly King

    This week’s MVP: Christina Hendricks
    She excels with her performances in ‘Drive’ and ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ and proves her talent and once and for all to those who can’t see past her ample cleavage, fuller legs and fuller backside. These roles are taking her to new places – less ‘Mad Men’ and more mainstream movies.

    • erin

      Don’t you get tired of copying and pasting this everywhere? I know I’ve gotten tired of seeing it.

      • LOL

        America loves crap.

      • The Merc

        I hope that all of the people posting as LOL have strokes so their fingers won’t work anymore and they can no longer spam this website.

      • LOL

        America hates The Merc.

      • ThisAgain

        LOL, go back to botworld.

      • LOL Is Right

        But in this case America loves recycled crap.

      • Me llamo Phillipe

        That he posts the same stuff every week makes me think he either hasn’t got a job and is taking it out on the world… or he’s special ed/autistic/aspergers case.
        Because otherwise… who really has the time or commitment to do that s–t? I mean really…

      • Warrior Tanks Again

        Another week, another weak showing for Warrior. So much for all the fanboy hype that was going on here over the past few weeks.

      • LOL

        I am just a teller of truth. Some things just have to be said. I don’t like posting this every week, but America needs my tough love. Hollywood has proven they can make a quality film with Fast Five, yet they churn out garbage on a weekly basis. This week, they even churned out recycled crap. It is far past time to take a stand, I call on my fellow Americans to reject the crap, demand quality, entertaining, and thought provoking films like Fast Five. If you don’t, you will have no one but yourselves to blame for the crap Hollywood serves you. I do my part, the rest is up to you.

      • John

        Who allows these LOL bots to still operate on this site?

      • LOL

        It may come as a shock to you, but people are allowed to post opinions on this site that you disagree with. Crazy I know, but that’s how it is.

      • THE REAL MAN

        AHHAHHAAHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH……. hey, LOL, I’ve been trying to figure something in my head, and maybe you can help me out, yeah? When a person is insane, as you clearly are, do you know that you’re insane? Maybe you’re just sitting around, reading “Guns and Ammo”, masturbating in your own feces, do you just stop and go, “Wow! It is amazing how f—ing crazy I really am!”? Yeah. Do you guys do that?

      • darrin

        sorry but “fast five” was one of the biggest pieces of shit to land on theaters this year so your “america loves crap” line has no credibility mr/mrs. lol

      • hate the hype!

        ok LOL if not for the “Fast Five” crap you might be amusing, you should pick a different film

      • where have i been?

        I love the se7en reference….good job

      • LOL

        I am not trying to make you laugh, I am trying to raise your standards on film. And yes, Seven was a good movie, not Fast Five good, but still a quality flick.

      • hate the hype!

        ok well then you and all the other LOL’s should be taken down because you are friggin crazy!

      • LOL

        I am a moron and I admit it. my mommy and daddy never loved me, and I like to diddle myself witth baseball bats!

      • LOL

        America seems to Hate Sarah Jessics Parker!

      • LOL

        I LOVE CRAP!

      • LOL


      • LOL


      • LUCY P.

        LOL…you need to stop immediately

      • Anti-LOL Group Inc.

        F-k off and die, bot! The rest of us are sick of your s–t.

      • LOL

        Speaking truth doesn’t always make you popular.

      • Richard Face

        I like how these spammers defend their comments.

      • LOL

        Richard Face you did not complain when I did you in the butt!

      • basil

        I agree erin!!! Holly king is obviously obsessed with her

      • yep

        yes Holly King is a lesbian ho!

    • Holly Would

      Not to detract at all from her ample cleavage, fuller legs and fuller backside.

      • Jason S

        Hells yeah! She gots boobies!

      • Eric

        I want to motorboat those bad boys.

      • Rebecca Honey

        Christina Hendricks has an amazing figure. I just love her curves. She’s so shapely. She’s a great example to women around the country. She proves that curves really are sexy! I’m not skinny, I’m curvy, but I think that’s the best way to be. Womanly. It’s sexy!

      • get real!

        she is a Ho Bag with no talent, except in her Boobs!

    • Teuta

      hmm Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman should star in an animated 3D movie about the inner workings of a toilet, Sarah Jessica Parker could costar as the Fecal Matter, then America truly would love Crap!

    • That Guy

      I happen to love her ample cleavage, fuller legs and fuller backside.

      And she acts too? Cool. That’s just an added bonus.

    • Christina

      Both her movies are flops! No one cares about her.

  • sam

    Why do they keep remaking movies when most of them fail miserably? The attendance numbers might be close if they just showed the original movies in the theaters.

    • yep

      Straw Dogs joins a long list of Flop Remakes including Fright Night, Conan, and Arthur, just this year!

      • Brandon

        Don’t mess with Peckinpah. Nuff said.

  • Sharon

    I will not see anything with Sarah Jessica Parker in it because she reminds me of the horse I had as a child.

    • Peter Griffin

      Sarah Jessica Parker looks like a foot.

      • Biden

        A club foot

      • everyone

        I would like to club her on the foot.

      • KC

        with a bad case of fungus!

      • Dog’s Ass

        thank god for Sarah, she makes me look good!

    • kenny

      I thought SJP was gonna retire after she won the Kentucky Derby.

      • Pierce Hawthorne

        PETA is going to be pissed, Sarah Jessica Parker’s box office performance is like animal cruelty!

      • jk

        No, I heard she has at least one more movie coming out this year. She will be the lead in Spielberg’s movie War Horse.

    • Annette

      She would look better if she’d stop chasing parked cars.

    • Christina H

      She had that nasty wart/mole removed from her chin, but why’d she stop there? She shouldve had the rest of her face removed.

      • Jenna

        I just left a big Sarah Jessica Parker in the toilet bowl.

      • ha

        Jenna you are a nasy B*tch!

      • lars

        That wasnt a wart, it was her conjoined fetus twin.

    • Gina

      That’s why I never understood Sex & the City, because who in their right mind would f–k that?!??? (besides Matthew Broderick, of course)

      • Pierce Hawthorne

        Matthew is not Doing the old grey mare, she is his beard, he is doing Nathan Lane!

    • agree

      Calling her butt ugly is an insult to butts

    • Casey Lyle

      Haha horseface is right!!

    • Slammie

      I Don’t Know How She Does It — look in the mirror without barfing, I mean.

      • K

        I love Sarah! I have pictures of her on the back of my bathroom door. They help me poop when I’m constipated.

      • Pierce Hawthorne

        goes to show you America likes animated Lions a lot better then old grey Mares!…poor SJP, the old grey Mare ain’t what she used to be!

      • Zezozoze Zadfrack

        She don’t have any mirrors. They all shattered when she looked at them.

    • Pierce Hawthorne

      heard Sarah went home and was consoled by her parents Mr. Ed and National Velvet, they gave her an extra apple, and combed her mane!

    • Matthew B.

      Please leave Sarah alone. She is a beautiful woman, once you secure the bag tightly over her head.

      • ha

        Heard you are all about the C*ock, Matthew, is this true?

      • LOL

        I love the C0ck if he doesn’t!

      • Matthew

        Yes, Im all about the c0ck, which, as it turns out, Sarah Jessica Parker has.

    • Lisa

      I heard she threw a shoe and had to be put down.

    • Sasquatch

      She really is a very unfortunate looking beast.

    • Cameron J

      I am not a big SJP fan. I am just astonished that I am 17 and I am more mature than the lot of you.

      • ha

        do you want to make it to 18?… then STFU punk!

      • Cameron J

        I am going to have my Boyfriend beat you up!

      • Merv the Perv

        Cameron, stop talking, you’re not finished servicing daddy.

      • Cameron J

        ok but don’t be so rough this time Daddy, you made me bleed last time!

    • Ricky P.

      The only way Drive could’ve been better would be if they’d actually driven over SJP’s face. Oh, looks like they did …

  • E-Hustle

    The Lion King is a masterpiece. Animated or not. Matter of fact, it’s the greatest Disney release ever. Better than any Pixar releases.

    • Stevie

      Thank you, Mr. Katzenberg.

    • reality

      ummm The Lion King is way overrated, Beauty and the Beast is the better movie!..and as far a it being the greatest release ever, I think Walt just turned over in his crypt..the list of better disney films is at least 15 deep!

      • Mickey

        I thought Walt was frozen so that he could be reanimated (literally).

      • whatnowsucka

        I laughed out loud at this entire comment. Beauty and the Beast, the better movie? It’s probably up there with Avatar as the most overrated movie of all time. It has no depth whatsoever, has a severely creepy case of Stockholm Syndrome, the animation is nowhere near as fluid and beautiful as The Lion King’s…I don’t get all the love for Beauty and the Beast. At ALL.

      • get real!

        @whatnowsucka bigger boxoffice does not mean better movie, nor does it indicate wheter a movie is a classic or not, plus Beauty and the Beast made 377,350,553 in it’s intitial run, plus got that nomination for best picture, so don’t under estimate the power of the BEAST!… Lion King may be cool for the kiddies such as yourself, but us adults prefer The BEAST!

      • m1

        Most overrated movie of all time would probably be The Sixth Sense. Avatar, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King are well made movies.

      • kimmy

        Beauty and the Beast got an Oscar nom for best picture….NOT in the animated category either. Lion King is still awesome!

    • Matthew

      I would like to masterpiece all over Ryan Gosling’s abs.

    • Zinia

      SO TRUE! It’s my MOST favorite EVER! :)

  • Sith Lord J

    Three week til Real Steel based on a episode of the Twlight Zone “Steel” now streaming on NETFLIX. I can’t believe they made it into a kids Film.

    • Netf*x

      F*** Netflix! It and its arrogant CEO should go out of business and down to the lowest circle of hell.

      • Truth

        Netflix SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Sith Lord J

        Yeah I’ll most likely Cancel when the Starz Contract runs out, but it worth it knowing Jackman going to Pounded to Hamburger by a robot. The kids will love it

  • Cabot

    Straw Dogs marks the only return of James Woods to the big screen since An American Carol (2008) and it is so disappointing that they showed little to nothing of him in it and he didn’t promote the film. I wish he would do more major films like he used to.

  • Jose

    Was Drive good? I’m going to see it next week but I hope it holds.

    And I saw The Lion King (in 2D), had a blast.

    • Big Ben

      Ryan Gosling makes me have a blast (or 2)

      • ha

        Gay Much?

      • LOL

        I am, do me Ryan, I want you in me,give me a fast five in and out

  • K

    You folks attacking Sarah Jessica Parker’s physical appearance should be ashamed of yourselves…although it would require a soul and a conscious to do so, two aspects of being that all of you seem to be lacking. Grow up. Why don’t you all post photos of yourselves and let the rest of us “vote” or “comment” on how you appear… I’m guessing it will be hard to contain your inner ugly…

    PS – Straw Dogs was quite good. It could have been trimmed down by about 15 minutes or so, and the marketing was very misleading, and James Woods was in it quite a lot, actually. Kate Bosworth turned in a solid performance, as did James Marsden. Skarsgaard was his usual creepy self. It was deftly made and a pretty straightforward commentary on the nature of violence that lies within the nature of man.

    • Reality

      ok K the difference is that she is being represented in her films and in the media as this beautiful glamour puss of a woman that no man can resist, which is laughable, because she really does have the face of a horse, she brings it on herself by taking these roles, instead of playing the homely roles she should play, no one makes fun of say Kathy Bates because because Bates plays roles that match her appearance, so if they ever remake “Seabiscuit” she should take the title role, she would be brilliant!

      • eye roll

        you’re an asshole

      • Reality

        what’s wrong eye roll are you one of the ugly people too?..well they say it is what’s insde that counts, but I know you are probably so ugly no one wants to get near your insides, you could always seek out a blind person!

  • Teuta

    I hope that Drive’s Ron Perlman only does theatrically released films from now on. He is an underrated actor and shouldn’t be doing straight to DVD films.

    • reality

      damn don’t you get tired of saying that using different names, friggin D-bag!

    • Teuta

      that does not compute!

  • Urszula

    I would have liked to see ‘Stay Cool’ get a nationwide release. It has an interesting cast with stars who should be doing more mainstream movies – Winona Ryder, Sean Astin, Hilary Duff, Josh Holloway, Jon Cryer, Chevy Chase.

    • Reality

      there is a reason it did not get a nationwide release, ITSUCKS, and so do you for keep posting damn comment every week word for word under different names, get a lie TROLL!

      • Reality

        there is a reason it did not get a nationwide release, ITSUCKS, and so do you for keep posting the same damn comment every week word for word under different names, get a life TROLL!

    • ha

      hmm a cast of has beens and B list TV stars, and you wonder why it did not get a nationwide release? maybe Winona can shoplift something to pay for the budget!

  • kiki

    wonder if this is going to make disney re-release other classic movies. that wouldn’t be too bad. classic disney is the best, and it would be wonderful to see the movies on the big screen again.

    • Jay

      I wish Disney would start re-releasing its classic movies like they did back in the 70s. I saw a lot of great classic Disney animation as a kid back then when they re-released them.

      • tina

        Ewww you are OLD!

      • Jose

        That would be amazing, imagine watching Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pinochio, and other Disney films re-released!

      • ha

        Hunchback of Notre Dame was one of the worst Disney animated films ever made! does not belong in the list with the others!

      • Tod

        @ ha

        I will fight you! Hunchback is easily one of the best films Disney has come out with, gargoyles aside. It didn’t water down the mature subject matter for kids, its message is absolute, and the characters are wholesome and real (again, gargoyles aside).

      • tina

        Disney should release more movies with Zac Efron. I sat in High School Musical 3 and fingered myself to it. Sorry to whoever sat in my seat at the next show. I was on my period.

      • ha

        @Tod you must be mentally handicapped, I feel sorry for you, poor retard, you don’t see things like normal human beings, there was a reason “Hunchback” was a flop at the box-office, it sucked!

      • Tod

        @ ha Since when is making over $100 million domestically and $325 million worldwide a “flop”? I’d pity you for not grasping the way money works or for needlessly attempting to bash someone because their opinion differs yours. I WOULD do these things, but I don’t have patience for a petty troll like yourself.

        Also, give yourself a pat on the back for attempting to insult MY intelligence with your poor-ass grammar and punctuation.

    • PSac

      I would say they could make Pocohantus in 3D, except 1) that was already done, and it was called Avatar, and 2) Pocohantus was terrible.

  • will

    @ k no one asked you! and SJP looks like a man in drag! shes really very ugly! and has for drive *throws up* & straw dogs *yet another remake* i was sure to miss them both.

  • Radzinsky

    “Drive” is a great film. Too bad the majority of people are dumb, intellectually stunted halfwits who can’t watch a movie where things aren’t blowing up or crashing every five minutes.

  • Dumbledore Fluffernutter

    Bad news for those of us that wish this 3D fad would end as soon as possible.

  • Ronnie

    Drive is a good film, but the violence was excessive during the last part of the film which turned off a lot of people, hence the low Cinemascore. It could have been just as effective had it been toned down. A good film, nonetheless, but definitely would have better word of mouth if it wasn’t as brutal.

    • LOL

      America doesn’t love carp that much. It’s too “fishy.”

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