A Lion is King of the Box Office!

Disney’s The Lion King, one of the most beloved and also one of the most successful animated films of all-time roars again with a massive $29.3 million that exceeded all expectations. The 3-D release put this “King” back at the top of the box office charts with an astonishing weekend that had a Saturday gross of $11.9 million that rivaled most full weekend expectations. The 1994 release opened wide on June 24 at number one with $40,888,194 and was the 2nd highest grossing film of that year, ranks 4th on the all-time domestic animated list and with over $784 million in worldwide revenue is considered one of the most successful family films in cinema history. This is also provides a nice boost for the 3-D technology which has had a rough go with audiences and critics of late and saw no resistance from audiences this weekend. Contagion took the second spot with $14.48 million in its second weekend after opening at number one. The Warner Bros. ensemble thriller boasts an incredible cast including Matt Damon and an acclaimed director and had a solid performance this weekend as its total nears $45 million. The R-rated action crime drama Drive starring Ryan Gosling from Film District zoomed into third place with $11 million. With a terrific trailer that showcases some pretty amazing scenes of stunt driving, plenty of young males will race to theaters this weekend. Disney and Dreamworks’ The Help had another small weekend over weekend drop of just 28% and landed in fourth place with $6.4 million. An odd-on favorite for multiple Oscar nominations, the film is now edging close to $150 million at the domestic box office. Sony’s remake of the classic 1971 film Straw Dogs which starred Dustin Hoffman and Susan George rounds out the top five with a debut of $5 million. The original directed by the legendary Sam Peckinpah has now been updated with a solid cast including James Marsden (in the Hoffman role), True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard and Kate Bosworth. Delivering solid R-rated intensity, these Dogs drew audiences looking for some action this weekend. Sarah Jessica Parker in I Don’t Know How She Does It is a PG-13 comedy about a woman who juggles family and a career provided a nice option for female audiences and brought home $4.5 million for The Weinstein Co.