For the second weekend in a row, Walt Disney’s 3-D re-release of its 1994 blockbuster The Lion King topped the box office in United States and Canadian theaters.
It made $22.1 million — just ahead of the Brad Pitt baseball tale Moneyball, which collected $20.6 million, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said in an e-mailed statement Sunday.
According to Hollywood.com, the 3-D release has brought in $61.7 million since its theatrical debut September 16. Overseas, where it was exhibited in theaters earlier, The Lion King has grossed $16 million for a worldwide total of $77.7 million.
The Lion King was scheduled to screen in North American theaters for two weeks before a 3-D Blu-ray disk is released October 4. It screened over the weekend at 2,330 domestic venues.
Disney credits the continuing popularity of the movie to that of the property itself, whether in the form of a live stage show or a DVD.
Another two films are planned for future 3-D re-release. James Cameron’s Titanic and George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace are headed for 3-D treatment in 2012.
Over the weekend, Sony’s partially animated The Smurfs made $12.9 million internationally for a worldwide total of $502.8 million.