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Surprise Win: 'Lion King 3D' Beats Brad Pitt's 'Moneyball' At The Box Office

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Lion King 3D Beats Brad Pitt's 'Moneyball'

Sorry Brad!!

Disney’s 3D re-release of The Lion King won the weekend AGAIN!

The animated classic made 22.1 million in its second weekend, beating out some tough competition for the number one spot! Will this movie ever stop making money??

Somehow (perhaps the magic of Disney?) the 20-year-old children's movie trumped the new Brad Pitt / Jonah Hill baseball drama Moneyball, which ended its opening weekend in a close race with 3D family offering Dolphin Tale.

Moneyball grossed an estimated $20.6 million, while Dolphin Tale took in an estimated $20.3 million, but the order of the two films could switch once final figures come in Monday morning.

If this isn't proof that JTT is box office gold we don't know what is!

[image via Disney]

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17 comments to “Surprise Win: 'Lion King 3D' Beats Brad Pitt's 'Moneyball' At The Box Office”

  1. 1

    When it comes to Children's movies the numbers are always higher because the kids have to go with their parents to see these movies.. thus more tickets being sold. So, not a fair comparison.

  2. 2

    The Lion King is a classic. I'm 25 years old and still enjoyed everything about this film. Most of the people in our theater last night were adults without children. Brad's movie didn't look that great. I think Clooney's movie will do well next weekend.

  3. 3

    normally, i'm super over 3D movies, they're waaaay over done. but this was AWESOME! it wasn't over done and i forgot what it was like to see this in theaters! So amazing!

  4. 4

    How did that Taylor Lautner movie do? did all they ads they bought on your site pay off?

  5. 5

    Backlash for Brad's big mouth. He lost some real fan numbers.

  6. 6

    Brad and Pumbaa have the same nose.

  7. 7

    Re: Bigdawg – Genres, demographics, etc have nothing to do with it. "Fair"? This is a business and it's all about bringing in profit. Top grossing wins the race & in this case, it's the Lion King.

  8. 8

    Notice how Perez does not mention Taylor Lautner's movie which only came in 4th and flopped because Perez loves Taylor. Come on Perez, why no mention of Taylor's movie?

  9. 9

    I'm glad. I don't like Brad Pitt.

  10. 10

    The movie is a classic but it is not 20 years old. It was produced in 1994 and came out in theaters in 1995. I think that math puts it at 16-17 years old.

  11. 11

    Children movies are always #1. Folks will save their movie money for the children and wait for DVD for the other movies.
    The fact that Moneyball made over $20million is a shocker to me.

  12. Laura says – reply to this


    The Lion King is great and all but the 3D was laaame.

  13. 13

    misrepresentation. 3D beat because the cost is more per ticket money wise. Ticket sold, Moneyball won.
    “I'd be willing to bet that Moneyball sold more tickets, since the 3D tickets for Lion King cost more.”

    Meanwhile, audiences also responded positively to "Moneyball," in which Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's who uses a new statistical approach when putting together his team. The actor's performance is already being buzzed about by awards pundits, and those who saw the film also seemed to like it, giving the movie an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Executives at Sony, which produced the picture for a little more than $50 million, are hopeful the strong score means the film will gross four to five times what it made this weekend by the end of its run in theaters.

  14. 14

    Actor/producer Brad Pitt clinched second place but still scored a major victory with crtics and movie fans alike with his baseball drama Moneyball which opened to an estimated $20.6M. The Sony release averaged a solid $6,883 per site from 2,993 locations and played to a much older adult crowd although the gender split was about even. Studio research showed that 64% of the audience was over 35 while males made up 51%. Based on the true story of how the 2002 Oakland A's rebuilt their team after losing their best players, Moneyball earned high praise across the board from film critics. Moviegoers were equally pleased with the PG-13 pic earning a promising A CinemaScore.

    With strong reviews, stellar word-of-mouth, and an older audience not likely to rush out on opening weekend, Moneyball is well-positioned to enjoy solid legs in the weeks ahead. Baseball is about to start its post-season so the film will remain topical for weeks to come. Plus Pitt is earning plenty of Oscar buzz for his acting performance which will keep the film hot too. Overseas prospects are promising too despite the baseball theme because of Pitt's incredible box office pull around the world. With a reported $50M production cost, Moneyball may be able to find its way to $250M or more worldwide.


  15. 15

    If this isn't proof that JTT is box office gold we don't know what is!

    I honestly hope you were joking with this statement. If not, you are an idiot….besides the fact that children who go to see this will have no idea who he is, I love Disney movies and was planning on seeing this as well. I did not give ONE THOUGHT to the fact that he voiced baby Simba.

  16. 16

    That made my day! kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  17. 17

    How much money do you think the actors who did the voice overs for the Lion King got paid for the re-release of this 3D version? I'm sure JTT was loving that phone call after the opening weekend. That's why he hasn't made a movie in so long, he doesn't need to with all the reruns and royaltys he gets paid!