Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Autumn Derby

Simba and Company seem to be an enduring group.

Sony’s Brad Pitt baseball drama Moneyball topped the Friday box office with an estimated $6.8 million ... The big surprise continued to be Disney’s 3D re-release of Lion King, which took No. 2 with an estimated gross of $6 million ...

The lesson here is, I think, when you have a movie out in theaters that people want to see, they'll go see it. I think we'll see the two-week release window expand a bit: "Held over by popular demand!" (etc.) Or maybe the public has been flooding the Mouse's headquarters in Burbank with petitions pleading for an extra week, who knows?

And the Nikkster points out something I've thought about a little:

... Why is it that in all the promotional hype I’ve been sent by the [Disney] studio about this pic, no one at Disney is thanking Jeffrey Katzenberg for micro-managing the original? C’mon, Mouse House, give credit where credit is due. ...

Teacher! Teacher! I know! Because Jeffrey doesn't work at Diz Co. no more! Our fine entertainment conglomerates are much like authoritarian regimes. When you are gone, you are a non-person. It doesn't serve present management to hype that leader of the competition, even if that leader molded the new regime's present victory in the first place. (Ego is still a major force in Hollywood, yes?)


Anonymous said...

At Least they didn't remove JK's name for the credits- or did they?

Zazu said...

The re-release of 'The Lion King' was king of the box-office for a second week in a row, with the hand-drawn animated pic earning more than the debut of Brad Pitt's new film 'Moneyball' taking in $22.1 million over the three days compared to $20.6 million for Moneyball.

"The 1994 Disney classic dropped only 27 percent — an incredibly impressive hold considering this is the re-release of a 17-year-old film that’s coming out on Blu-ray/DVD in one week. [and which many people already own a copy of previous DVD releases] . The 3-D version has now grossed $61.7 million in 10 days. Disney says it plans to extend what was originally intended to be just a two-week release, although details are still being ironed out."

Anonymous said...

What happened to the "3D is dead" crowd? Why are they so quiet?

WDFA Vet said...

"At Least they didn't remove JK's name for the credits- or did they?"

JK didn't get a screen credit at Disney.

Site Meter