Disney Extending Limited Theatrical Re-Release of 'The Lion King 3D'

September 26, 2011
Source: EW

The Lion King

After edging out Moneyball this past weekend to take the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, Disney has decided that it might be a good idea to extend the limited theatrical engagement of The Lion King 3D which has grossed over $61 million since hitting theaters on September 16th. According to EW, the Disney will be keeping the box office champion in theaters for a little bit longer, but the details are still being ironed out. With the classic getting released on Blu-Ray for the first time on October 4th, the film will likely only get one more week in theaters, but if it keeps raking in the dough, it could be longer.

With a theatrical re-release like The Lion King overtaking new movies two weekends in a row, perhaps this means we'll finally get to see that long awaited 3D re-release of Beauty and the Beast which was originally slated to hit theaters before The Lion King was even announced for an encore theatrical run. Either way, bringing movies back to theaters could very well be the new hot trend, but it will be interesting to see which films are deemed worthy for the honor. Ghostbusters will come back to the big screen next month, and it would be nice if Jurassic Park follows since the UK has already beaten us to the punch with a theatrical run in honor of the Blu-Ray release. Any other movies you'd like to see on the big screen again?

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  • Anon
    back to the future!
  • Crump's Brother
    get that paper.
  • Lily
    Im loving the thought of bringing back oldies!!!! I know I wouldn't miss a re-release of Beauty and the Beast!
  • stfugtfo
    it was a good movie!!!!
  • Dmikob
    The Matrix!
  • David Banner
    Note that these new box office gross' for The Lion King are only for the US, its not out in re-released 3D in Europe yet. Quit impressive figures. What I'd like to see on the big screen again? Many, hehe, but I'd rather have something new on the screen :)
  • Guest1
    Of course they're extending it. Di$ney just wants more $$$$. Good job marketing team! :/
  • BTTF Trilogy and Terminator (1 and 2 only, all others except TSCC are fakes imo)
  • Drsteelr
    EVERYBODY let's start a campaign to bring Back to the Future BACK to the big screen
  • Anonymous
    I thought they might do this before it even came out. I really liked it in 3D but when I'll see it in 2D next time.
  • Anonymous
    The only problem with bringing back old favorites to the theaters again is the studios insist on converting everything to 3D, like Top Gun. If they did small runs of classics in regular 2D I'm sure business would be booming.




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