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Weekend Box Office (Sept 16-18)

by Sergio
September 18, 2011 4:31 AM
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That reformatted 3D version of The Lion King took everyone by surprise, making the No.1 spot on this weekend's box office list. The re-release of the film, which is playing for a limited two week run, is really nothing more than a big promo stunt for the blu-ray DVD release of the film which is coming out on October 4, and the eventual 3D blu-ray release in a few months. I want to say there are a lot of suckers out there, but I'll be nice. I guess there's nothing right now to take the kids to.

Not surprisingly, Straw Dogs tanked, but then again, who's moronic idea it was to remake Sam Peckinpah's 1971 masterpiece with Dustin Hoffman and Susan George? Do yourself a favor and see the original, which was also just released on bu-ray DVD.

And Kevin Hart's Laugh at My Pain comedy concert film is still doing well, grossing a total of $3,558,000 so far, in only 230 screens. Not bad for a film that reportedly cost only $75,000 to make.

This week's list:

1) The Lion King BV $29,300,000
2) Contagion WB $14,480,000 Total: $44,192,000
3) Drive FD $11,019,000
4) The Help BV $6,438,000Total:$147,365,000
5) Straw Dogs SGem $5,000,000
6) I Don't Know How She Does It Wein. $4,502,000
7) The Debt Focus $2,945,897 Total:$26,543,546
8) Warrior LGF $2,770,000 Total:$9,912,000
9) Rise of the Planet of the Apes Fox $2,625,000Total:$171,618,000
10) Colombiana TriS $2,300,000 Total:$33,347,000
11) Shark Night 3D Rela. $1,820,000 Total:$17,329,000
12) Crazy, Stupid, Love. WB $1,600,000 Total:$80,770,000

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  • Lindsey Strauss | September 19, 2011 12:48 PMReply

    This week’s MVP: Christina Hendricks
    She excels with her performances in ‘Drive’ and ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ and proves her talent and once and for all to those who can’t see past her ample cleavage, fuller legs and fuller backside. These roles are taking her to new places - less ‘Mad Men’ and more mainstream movies.

  • Kele | September 19, 2011 8:56 AMReply

    Not sure why Lion King's re-release box office hit is a surprise; its easily one of the best animated film ever made.

  • Geneva Girl | September 19, 2011 1:05 AMReply

    Accidental Visitor, I couldn't agree with you more. There are so many popular books waiting to be filmed. They have a built-in audience and don't need bazillions to be made. It's better to have a group of very good actors who don't cost so much than one star with a several million dollar salary - and demands - who walks through the role. Also, movies from popular books will be purchased heavily on DVD.

    It's no surprise about Lion King. What other kids movies are out now?

  • bashe | September 18, 2011 10:50 AMReply

    "Drive" rocked. Dark, violent, compulsively watchable...

  • AccidentalVisitor | September 18, 2011 10:27 AMReply

    {{{ The Help should end around 165-170 million. Outstanding for a film that only cost 25 million.


    Outstanding indeed. Say what you want about the movie (I give it a thumbs up) and how it sugarcoats/waters down some of the worst elements of Mississippi of that era (I agree about that), but it presents a model that the studios should follow.

    Yeah, it was based upon a best-selling novel. Plus when the movie came out you had sites like and promoting the film by promoting the book and promising movie ticket giveaways for anyone who purchased the book. So it had an upper hand in terms of awareness that other films don't have the advantage of. Nonetheless looked how quickly it became a film. There wasn't three to five years of having 20 screenwriters take a shot at it. As soon as it got the greenlight TPTB went to work, put together a script, filmed it quickly and then got it out into theaters. That was a quick turnaround.

    Even best is its cost. It probably cost 1/8 of movies like Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, etc. and it didn't have to worry about a ridiculous blitz campaign on TV. It was relatively cheap and it is making a huge profit. Because of that it doesn't have to worry about the international market and whether or not it has enough recognizable faces to be embraced overseas. This is a point I've argued with folks at various sites the past couple of years. Hollywood is in the predicament of being a slave to the overseas market because it overspends, unnecessarily, on too many of its feature films. Why can't Hollywood produce more non-comedies at such a low price? Why can't it put out films that cost $15 million to $20 million even?

  • Tyson | September 18, 2011 8:51 AMReply

    The Help should end around 165-170 million. Outstanding for a film that only cost 25 million.

  • Vio12 | September 18, 2011 8:49 AMReply

    I don't think it's fair to simply write off the re-release as a promo stunt. There are plenty of children born in the 90's (Myself included) who, while having grown up during the "Disney Renaissance," didn't get the chance to fully experience these films in the cinema, and will now get the chance to. And not to mention the new generation of children who most likely didn't experience any of them.

    Now while I abhor the current wave of 3D, I do believe that if used in the correct context, it can add a lot of depth and interest to a film. Sadly, the only successful example so far, in my opinion, has been Avatar. Maybe "The Lion King" can be another one.

  • JMac | September 18, 2011 8:21 AMReply

    But Columbiana is still hanging on in the top 10 spot.

    I'm also glad I Don't Know How She Does It only grossed 4.5 mil. That movie looks so uninteresting.

  • darkan | September 18, 2011 7:58 AMReply

    And "The Help" continues to make millions... SMH.

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