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

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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. READ FULL STORY

'Contagion' ticket sales strong, despite 9/11 anniversary

It might seem strange that Warner Bros. decided to release Contagion, a film that chronicles the outbreak of a worldwide pandemic, on the same weekend as the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Understandably, as Americans have reflected on that awful day, a reverent, melancholy atmosphere has fallen upon the country this week. Typically, that wouldn’t bode well for a film like Contagion.

As we’ve seen over the last decade, war dramas have seriously struggled at the box office. READ FULL STORY

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