“The Lion King” just can’t be dethroned, even a whopping 17 years after it first debuted in theaters. The 3D re-release of the popular Disney film ended up winning the title at the weekend box office with a gross of over $22 million — a drop of about 26.6% from its surprise $30 million opening. So far, the film (which was originally in theaters just to promote an upcoming DVD) has a gross of over $60 million.
As for the other two movies in the top three, it’s hard to see them frowning too much with their openings. Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball” took home a healthy $20.6 million, with the family film “Dolphin Tale” close behind. With both movies receiving rave reviews from both critics and viewers (along with some Oscar buzz for Pitt), expect to see both of them staying around for a little while in theaters.
The final two movies in the top five had openings that ranged from so-so to disappointing. “Abduction” took in $11.2 million, but the Taylor Lautner vehicle may still have problems getting to its $35 million budget. Meanwhile, an “Elite” movie featuring Robert de Niro and Jason Statham could not even make it to $10 million — not a good sign considering the film cost $70 million to make.
Why to you think “The Lion King” is holding up so well?