I sure didn’t foresee the weekend being dominated by a 3D re-release of a 17-year-old animated movie – especially one whose new 3d conversion is receiving a Diamond Edition Blu-ray release in just two weeks.
‘The Lion King‘ proved that it’s still an animated classic with a $29.3 million opening that more than doubled its closest competition’s weekend earnings. Disney gave the animated animal tale the 3D treatment while re-transferring the film. The newly remastered version will be available on Blu-ray in both 2D and 3D on October 4th.
Coming in at third place in its opening weekend was the Cannes award winner ‘Drive‘. Although set in present day, the artistic heist film applies an ’80s tone to its European style of filmmaking with quick moments of graphic violence. Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Pearlman and Christina Hendricks, ‘Drive’ is easily one of the best films of the year.
Opening in fourth place was ‘Straw Dogs‘, the remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 40-year-old sociopolitical commentary about a couple that moves to the backwards backwoods town where the wife grew up. The fish-out-of-water husband’s manliness is put to the test by his wife’s high school sweetheart. ‘Straw Dogs’ is a slow burn that explodes with an intense and graphic climax, while still projecting the same morals and themes as Peckinpah’s original. Too bad it only grossed $5 million.
The mom-centered Sarah Jessica Parker flick ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It‘ featured the weakest opening of the newly movies, coming in at sixth place with $4.5 million. Suffering from a horribly clichéd screenplay and a flavorless story, mark this up as yet another Weinstein Company flop.
With four wide openers next weekend, one of which has been touted as an Oscar contender, it’s more than likely that next week will feature a drastically different Top 5.
1. ‘The Lion King (in 3D)’ (Buena Vista) – $29,300,000
2. ‘Contagion’ (Warner Bros.) – $14,480,000
3. ‘Drive’ (FilmDistrict) – $11,019,000
4. ‘The Help’ (Buena Vista) – $6,438,000
5. ‘Straw Dogs’ (Screen Gems) – $5,000,000
6. ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ (Weinstein) – $4,502,000
7. ‘The Debt’ (Focus) – $2,945,897
8. ‘Warrior’ (Lionsgate) – $2,770,000
9. ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ (Fox) – $2,625,000
10. ‘Colombiana’ (TriStar) – $2,300,000