Disney’s 3-D “Lion King” still a roaring success

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The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

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.

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