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The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

Old 09-17-11, 10:23 AM
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The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

Per Box Office.com:

With $8.825 million on Friday, The Lion King 3D is off to an amazing start. It's quite clear that the film is enticing a healthy portion of nostalgic twentysomethings in addition to families.

Contagion is headed for a solid sophomore frame thanks to $4.63 million on Friday. A rush of mainstream media coverage on the science of the film is largely responsible for that.

Drive managed to rope in a respectable $4.024 million on Friday. The Ryan Gosling vehicle received a warm critical reception, and now the paying public seems to be on the same page: nearly 16,000 Flixster users have combined to give Drive a healthy 88% approval rating.

Straw Dogs delivered a lackluster $1.985 million on Friday. Director Rod Lurie's remake is clearly too harsh and uncompromising for mainstream digestion. Nearly 8,000 Flixster users have combined to give the film a disastrous 58% approval rating.

With only $1.558 million in the bank on Friday, The Weinstein Company's I Don't Know How She Does It is off to a very mediocre start. Sex and the City fans aren't following star Sarah Jessica Parker as she attempts to have a viable career outside of the beloved property.
Early estimates:

1 The Lion King 3D $31,000,000 -- 2,330 -- $13,305 $31,000,000 1 Disney
2 Contagion $15,000,000 -33% 3,222 0 $4,655 $44,712,091 2 Warner Bros.
3 Drive (2011) $11,000,000 -- 2,886 -- $3,812 $11,000,000 1 FilmDistrict
4 The Help $6,500,000 -27% 3,014 79 $2,157 $147,426,754 6 Disney / DreamWorks
5 Straw Dogs (2011) $5,500,000 -- 2,408 -- $2,284 $5,500,000 1 Sony / Screen Gems
6 I Don't Know How She Does It $4,500,000 -- 2,476 -- $1,817 $4,500,000 1 Weinstein Company
7 The Debt $3,100,000 -35% 1,831 -45 $1,693 $26,721,800 3 Focus
8 Warrior (2011) $3,000,000 -43% 1,883 14 $1,593 $10,142,300 2 Lionsgate
9 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $2,700,000 -31% 2,340 -547 $1,154 $171,693,406 7 Fox
10 Colombiana $2,500,000 -37% 1,883 -471 $1,328 $33,547,232 4 Sony / TriStar
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Old 09-17-11, 10:29 AM
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Re: The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

Fucking amazing how powerful the draw Disney has. To just be able to throw an old movie back in theaters and pull in another 30+ mil in one weekend...incredbile.
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Old 09-17-11, 10:43 AM
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Re: The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

Well, to be fair, it's not just an old movie. It's one of their most popular and is regarded by many people to be one of their best.

But yeah $30 million is pretty amazing.
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I'm sure being "too harsh and uncompromising for mainstream digestion" is why Straw Dogs bombed. Right...

Great hold once again for Apes, although it's likely going to fall just short of outgrossing Burton's version. Even if it did, though, it still gets killed in admissions.
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Old 09-17-11, 10:55 AM
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Re: The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

Good for Drive. I can see that movie being a sleeper hit. It's very likeable. But I really don't know how it'll hold up.
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Re: The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

Yeah...went to a 5:15 showing...probably about 20 people in there. It was getting a solid reaction from the crowd. Good. I want this film to do good for Gosling and Refn. At the budget of $13 million, I think it'll get it's budget back. Like troystiffler...this has a sleep hit vibe going on. Word of mouth will hopefully help it out.
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Re: The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

I wonder if Disney is regretting re-releasing Beauty and the Beast in 3D last year after those numbers. I wonder if this means Disney will begin the post-conversion 3D process on other films from that era (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, etc.) based upon those numbers as well. Even if they don't see a theatrical release, they can still be done for the eventual BD/BD 3D/DVD/DC combo packs.

FilmDistrict has had good luck in the past by having films hold despite large opening weekends (Insidious, Soul Surfer). I wonder if they can do it again with Drive based upon the strong word of mouth.
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Old 09-17-11, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
I wonder if this means Disney will begin the post-conversion 3D process on other films from that era (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, etc.) based upon those numbers as well.
Man, I hope not. This conversion trend has to die right now. As for if they will post-convert Little Mermaid and Aladdin? Little Mermaid would be difficult, it was not designed around their CAPS system. Aladdin might work, but again, I want this conversion crap to end.

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3D is dead. The Lion King didn't make $30 million because it was in 3D.

Here's a great article about 3D dying. Some of it is pretty eye-opening.
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I will never support Lion King until Disney gives credit for the anime they stole it from.
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interesting article.
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Re: The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt View Post
3D is dead. The Lion King didn't make $30 million because it was in 3D.

Here's a great article about 3D dying. Some of it is pretty eye-opening.
It is an interesting read, but nothing in it proves that the 3D re-release wasn't a major factor in the film's current success at the box office. If anything, it proves the opposite since most screens were showing the 3D version rather than the 2D one and since re-releases almost never do well in the DVD era.
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Originally Posted by CloverClover View Post
I will never support Lion King until Disney gives credit for the anime they stole it from.
I never saw the anime of Hamlet. Was it any good?
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Originally Posted by CloverClover View Post
I will never support Lion King until Disney gives credit for the anime they stole it from.
...I had to look that up...hrm...Kimba the White Lion. Never heard of it..but some of those images are very alike. Guess it was before my time.
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Re: The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

Originally Posted by CloverClover View Post
I will never support Lion King until Disney gives credit for the anime they stole it from.
If you avoid films that people have ripped off and never given credit for then you must not watch many movies.
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Re: The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema View Post
Per Box Office.com:

Straw Dogs delivered a lackluster $1.985 million on Friday. Director Rod Lurie's remake is clearly too harsh and uncompromising for mainstream digestion. Nearly 8,000 Flixster users have combined to give the film a disastrous 58% approval rating.
Or maybe it just sucks ass?
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Re: The Lion is King of the Box Office: 9/16-9/18

Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt View Post
3D is dead. The Lion King didn't make $30 million because it was in 3D.
Saw it in 2d today.
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Saw it in 2d today.


All the theaters in my area had it playing on 2 screens: 2D and 3D each. Seeing that almost made me want to see it again.
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...I had to look that up...hrm...Kimba the White Lion. Never heard of it..but some of those images are very alike. Guess it was before my time.
The original Kimba the White Lion:


The 1997 movie remake, JUNGLE EMPEROR LEO...

...which, ironically, drew on THE LION KING for inspiration.
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Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum View Post
The original Kimba the White Lion:


The 1997 movie remake, JUNGLE EMPEROR LEO...

...which, ironically, drew on THE LION KING for inspiration.
so I guess we've come full circle. Disney doesn't need to apologize anymore, eh?
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The wife of the dude who did Kimba was pretty gracious about it if I remember correctly. She said that her husband would have been honored that Disney did a movie that was based on his, and was not going to sue or whatever.
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I am LOVING "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" still in the top 10 after 7 weeks. And did the studios expect it to gross nearly 175M in the U.S.? I seem to recall boxoffice.com saying something around 120M. "In a world" where garbage like "The Smurfs" makes so much money, it pleases me to no end to see really good movies make money too.
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Originally Posted by CloverClover View Post
I will never support Lion King until Disney gives credit for the anime they stole it from.
I find it incredulous that Disney (and everyone involved with this film) turns a blind eye to this fact. It really pisses me off, give credit where credit is due, but don't play dumb.

here is an interesting web story on the similarities:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ing.html?cat=9
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My daughter and I have been watching the original series every Saturday morning (along with Speed Racer and the Super Friends). The box set is worth every penny I paid for it.

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