Monday, September 26, 2011

Lion King rules the box office

Audiences continue to feel the love for the 3D re-release of The Lion King, now the #1 movie in America for the second week in a row! This weekend it held off star-driven competition from Brad Pitt in Moneyball and new family via Dolphen Tale and has taken in 61.6 million so far. That's an awfully good showing for a movie that's 17 years old, has been previously available on DVD, and will be coming out on DVD and Blu Ray in a couple of weeks.

It's also another reason not to believe anyone who thinks audiences don't want to see hand-drawn animation anymore. They do, it just has to be good and attached to a compelling story.

Meanwhile, Disney's newest animated feature, Winnie the Pooh, has made 26.6 million in its domestic release. Take the right message from this Disney: We still want hand-drawn animated features, but they need to be good, from the heart, and not cynical cash-grabbing sequels (to be clear, I have not yet seen Winnie the Pooh. I'm not judging its quality, just the intent behind making it in the first place).

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