Entries in The Lion King (6)


"The Lion King" Becomes Broadway's Highest-Grossing Show of All Time

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Lion King is now the king of Broadway.

Disney's musical adaptation of its hit animated film has become Broadway's all-time highest-grossing show, according to  The Lion King has raked in a total of $853,846,062 since opening in November 1997.

The Lion King eclipsed the previous record holder, The Phantom of the Opera, which has grossed $853,122,062 since debuting in January 1988.

Only five shows, including The Phantom of the Opera, have enjoyed longer runs on Broadway.

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Underdog 'Dolphin Tale' Predicted to Steal Weekend Box Office

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The online movie ticket site is usually a good predictor of what will be big at the box office any given weekend. And the top ticket seller leading into Friday? Dolphin Tale!

The 3D movie about a dolphin in need of a new tail was a surprise success last weekend, coming in third, just behind the Brad Pitt movie Moneyball and not too far off from 3D reissue of The Lion King. Director Charles Martin Smith told ABC News Radio that he didn't expect to do that well, and he hopes the success continues.   

"It is tough, it's very very tough...last weekend was surprising because of the other films that were out against us, and still, how many people really wanted to see Dolphin Tale. I think I was reading that this was like one of the, for this time in September, this was like the most successful weekend at the box office. Not bad."

And he had no problem going against an old Hollywood saying that you never work with children or animals.   

"No problems with any of them...they were fantastic," he said. "The kids, the dolphins. The thing about shooting Winter, the dolphin, was of course that we were working around her schedule. And if there were days that she didn't feel like being in the movie, then we'd go shoot something else. So, we had to stay flexible with the shooting schedule. Her well-being was our main concern. And the kids were great. They were ready to do any scene at any time, and cheerful and wonderful actors."

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'The Lion King' Tops Box Office Again with $22.1 Million

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Lion King was the king of the box office for the second weekend in a row.

The 3D re-release of the animated Disney film earned an estimated $22.1 million to hold off Brad Pitt's baseball drama, Moneyball, which opened in second place, with $20.6 million.  The Lion King was initially scheduled to screen in theaters for two weeks only, but Disney says it will extend the film's run for an undetermined period of time.

The inspirational story Dolphin Tale debuted in third place, collecting $20.3 million.  The Taylor Lautner thriller Abduction premiered in fourth place, with $11.2 million, and the action flick Killer Elite opened in the fifth spot, with $9.5 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Lion King, $22.1 million.
2. Moneyball, $20.6 million.
3. Dolphin Tale, $20.3 million.
4. Abduction, $11.2 million.
5. Killer Elite, $9.5 million.
6. Contagion, $8.6 million.
7. Drive, $5.8 million.
8. The Help, $4.4 million.
9. Straw Dogs, $2.1 million.
10. I Don't Know How She Does It, $2.05 million.

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3D Version of 'The Lion King' Tops Box Office with Roaring Debut

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The circle of life brought The Lion King back to the top spot at the box office over the weekend.

The 3D re-release of Disney's classic animated film earned an estimated $29.3 million to steal the box office crown from Contagion, which slipped to second place, with $14.5 million.  The original version of The Lion King debuted at number one in 1994, raising over $40 million in its first weekend in wide release.

The weekend's other new releases had mostly unimpressive debuts.  The Ryan Gosling drama Drive pulled into the third spot, collecting $11 million; the remake Straw Dogs opened in fifth place, with $5 million; and the Sarah Jessica Parker comedy I Don't Know How She Does It landed in sixth place, with $4.5 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Lion King 3D, $29.3 million.
2. Contagion, $14.5 million.
3. Drive, $11 million.
4. The Help, $6.4 million.
5. Straw Dogs, $5 million.
6. I Don't Know How She Does It, $4.5 million.
7. The Debt, $2.9 million.
8. Warrior, $2.8 million.
9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, $2.6 million.
10. Colombiana, $2.3 million.

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'I Don't Know How She Does It,' 'Drive,' 'Straw Dogs,' 'The Lion King' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- I Don't Know How She Does It: Sarah Jessica Parker is an employee at a financial management firm who has trouble balancing work with family when she lands a new account and is teamed with a handsome new business associate.  Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn and Seth Meyers also star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Drive: Ryan Gosling is a Hollywood stuntman and a getaway driver for robbers who's targeted by criminals after a heist gone wrong.  Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman and Christina Hendricks also star.  Rated R.

-- Straw Dogs: In this remake of the 1971 Dustin Hoffman film, James Marsden and Kate Bosworth play a married couple who are drawn into violence in the wife's hometown.  Alexander Skarsgard also stars.  Rated R.

-- The Lion King: Disney's classic 1994 animated film is re-released in 3D for a two-week theatrical run.  Rated G.

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Disney to Release 'The Lion King' in 3D This Fall

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Disney's 1994 classic The Lion King will be screening in 3D for the first time this fall.

The Oscar-winning animated film is scheduled to be shown in 3D for a limited time in theaters starting Sept. 16. Disney will then release the remastered film on DVD as well on Oct. 4.  The DVD will be sold on a Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3-D combo pack.

Earlier this year, The Lion King was rated the number one animated film of all time by a survey conducted between ABC News and People magazine.  The film is the recipient of two Academy Awards -- Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

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