The Lion still has bite. The Lion King (in 3D) premiered in the Number One spot at the box office this weekend with $29.3 Million. Contagion was Second with $14.4 Million. Drive premiered in Third Place with $11 Million. The Help was Fourth with $6.4 Million for $147.3 Million so far. Straw Dogs premiered in Fifth place with $5 Million. I Don’t Know How She Does It (which premiered this weekend), The Debt, Warrior, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Colombiana rounded out the top ten respectively.
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. Released to theaters on June 15, 1994 by Walt Disney Pictures, it is the 32nd film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics. The story, which was influenced by the Bible stories of Joseph and Moses, the Epic of Sundiata, and the William Shakespeare play Hamlet, takes place in a kingdom of anthropomorphic lions in Africa. The Lion King is the fifth highest-grossing animated film and continues to be the highest-grossing hand drawn animation film in history and belongs to an era known as the Disney Renaissance.
Drive is a 2011 American action drama film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn that is adapted from James Sallis’s 2005 novel of the same name. After an unsuccessful attempt to adapt the novel by Universal Studios, this project was greenlighted in early 2010. When Ryan Gosling, who plays the unnamed principal character, signed on, he was allowed to choose the director. A fan of his work, the actor chose Refn. Before filming began towards the end of 2010, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Albert Brooks joined the cast.
Straw Dogs is a 2011 American thriller film directed, produced, and written by Rod Lurie. It is a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 film of the same name, in turn based on the Gordon Williams novel The Siege of Trencher’s Farm.
I Don’t Know How She Does It is a 2011 American comedy film based on Allison Pearson’s novel of the same name. The film stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, and Greg Kinnear about Kate Reddy, a financial executive and the breadwinner of her family.