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The Lion King 3D beats Drive and Contagion at the weekend box office

September 18, 2011 | Written By: Brad Sturdivant

Posed by: Brad Sturdivant

So thanks a lot, America.  You made the re-release of THE LION KING ($29 million…seriously?), in 3D no less, the number one movie in America.  So quality films like DRIVE and CONTAGION were completely skipped over so you could go see a 2D, 17 year old animated movie that was converted to 3D.  So don’t ask why films like TOP GUN are going to be re-released in 3D; the point has been made that it’s cheaper just to take random movies from the past 30 years and convert them to 3D.  It’s a sad day to be a movie fan.

Meanwhile, DRIVE, STRAW DOGS and I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT failed to impress at the box office and all of them struggled to live up to expectations.  I’m severely disappointed with DRIVE, since this will definitely be making my end of year top ten list.  It’s a shame that so many people are going to miss out on it.  Next week sees the release of Taylor Lautner’s first starring role in a non-Twilight film, ABDUCTION and the Brad Pitt starrer MONEYBALL.  I’m not sure what audiences are going to see since there’s not a 15 year old film being re-released in 3D.

The Lion King

1. The Lion King 3D $29.3m

2. Contagion $14.4m

3. Drive $11m

4. The Help $6.4m

5. Straw Dogs $5m

6. I Don’t Know How She Does It $4.5m

7. The Debt $2.9m

8. Warrior $2.7m

9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $2.6m

10. Colombiana $2.3m

Source: BoxOfficeMojo

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