Who would have thought a re-release of a classic movie 17 years later would somehow be twice as successful as anything else on the marketplace? Somebody needs to be giving Walt Disney Pictures a giant pat on the back right about now. Despite debuting in fewer theaters than any other movie in the top five, “The Lion King (in 3D)” managed to win the box office crown with $29.3 million. This number is far past original expectations — even after a strong gross on Friday, predictions were still for an opening around $24 million.
With this weekend, though, all of the top six movies have a story.
2. Contagion ($14.5 million) – Considering that this disaster movie plays well to men, the fact that it dropped only 35% from last week is amazing. It also increases its odds to recoup its $60 million production budget.
3. Drive ($11 million) – Critics loved this Ryan Gosling vehicle (pun intended), but a low CinemaScore showed viewers didn’t. Expect Gosling to drive fast into the sunset here.
4. The Help ($6.4 million) – Again, the little movie that could (which is also making Disney smile at the moment) dropped a small percentage (27.9%) from the week before, and with $6.4 million in the bank, expect to see it be past $150 million (six times its budget) by this time next week.
5. Straw Dogs ($5 million) – It’s a horror movie with a terrible opening. At this point next week, it’ll be forgotten.
6. I Don’t Know How She Does It ($4.5 million) – Having a terribly long title did not help this Sarah Jessica Parker movie, which failed to bring in little attention from men. There is potential for this to play out for a little longer than “Straw Dogs,” mainly because next week’s crop of films don’t provide much competition.
What did you see this weekend?