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3-D ‘Lion King’ roars to $30.2M opening


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A re-release of an old movie topped several new offerings at the box office, with “The Lion King 3-D” making $30.2 million in its debut.

Monday’s final figure surpassed the Sunday studio estimate of $29.3 million.

The Disney animated musical favorite, now rendered in 3-D, features the voices of Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, James Earl Jones and Jeremy Irons. It was the rare family film in a sea of challenging and R-rated fare this past weekend.

Last week’s top movie, the Warner Bros. thriller “Contagion,” dropped into second place with $14.5 million. It’s now grossed $44.3 million over two weeks.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “The Lion King 3-D,” Disney, $30,151,614, 2330 locations, $12,941 average, $30,151,614, one week.

2. “Contagion,” Warner Bros., $14,548,433, 3222 locations, $4,515 average, $44,260,524, two weeks.

3. “Drive,” FilmDistrict, $11,340,461, 2886 locations, $3,929 average, $11,340,461, one week.

4. “The Help,” Disney, $6,513,039, 3014 locations, $2,161 average, $147,439,793, six weeks.

5. “Straw Dogs,” Sony Screen Gems, $5,123,760, 2408 locations, $2,128 average, $5,123,760, one week.

6. “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” Weinstein Co., $4,402,201, 2476 locations, $1,778 average, $4,402,201, one week.

7. “The Debt,” Focus, $2,942,631, 1831 locations, $1,607 average, $26,564,431, three weeks.

8. “Warrior,” Lionsgate, $2,860,325, 1883 locations, $1,519 average, $10,002,625, two weeks.

9. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Fox, $2,658,131, 2340 locations, $1,136 average, $171,651,537, seven weeks.

10. “Colombiana,” Sony Tristar, $2,330,291, 1933 locations, $1,206 average, $33,377,523, four weeks.

11. “Shark Night 3-D,” Relativity Media, $1,801,701, 2082 locations, $865 average, $17,310,402, three weeks.

12. “Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World,” Weinstein Co., $1,590,367, 1650 locations, $964 average, $36,107,734, five weeks.

13. “Crazy Stupid Love,” Warner Bros., $1,566,182, 1145 locations, $1,368 average, $80,736,273, eight weeks.

14. “Our Idiot Brother,” Weinstein Co., $1,2944,791, 1747 locations, $741, $23,672,210, four weeks.

15. “The Smurfs,” Sony Animation Columbia, $1,243,268, 1419 locations, $876 average, $137,593,881, eight weeks.

16. “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain,” Code Black Entertainment, $1,190,756, 230 locations, $5,177 average, $3,598,262, two weeks.

17. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” FilmDistrict, $1,124,591, 1334 locations, $843 average, $22,783,502, four weeks.

18. “Apollo 18,” Weinstein Co., $1,097,433, 1795 locations, $611 average, $16,885,842, three weeks.

19. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” Warner Bros., $700,498, 601 locations, $1,166 average, $378,180,621, 10 weeks.

20. “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Paramount, $563,946, 540 locations, $1,044 average, $174,301,520, nine weeks.





Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.




Harry Potter update


“Captain America: The First Avenger” proved its strength at the box office this weekend, facing off against the powerful force that is “Harry Potter” and coming out on top.

The 3-D film starring Chris Evans, which was the fourth and final big-budget superhero movie to be released this summer, collected a solid $65.8 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures.

Meanwhile, after grossing more in its worldwide opening last weekend than any film in history, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” saw its ticket sales tumble quite a bit. The movie made an additional $48.1 million this weekend, meaning receipts fell a sizeable 72% from last weekend. The domestic total for the final “Potter” film now stands at $274.2 million.

The weekend’s other new release, the sexy, R-rated comedy “Friends with Benefits,” started off with a decent $18.5 million.

“Captain America” was produced by the Walt Disney Pictures-owned Marvel  Entertainment for around $140 million but is being distributed by  Paramount Pictures. That means Disney will receive the majority of the  profits or incur any losses from the movie.

The film, about a weak military reject who is transformed into a superhero via a government program, had virtually the same opening weekend as another Paramount/Marvel production out earlier this summer — “Thor.” That movie, also based on a popular comic book hero, opened to $65.7 million in May.

Both films attracted slightly more men than women, as 64% of the audience for “Captain America” was male. But the crowd liked “Captain America” a little more than the film about the Norse god: Audiences assigned this weekend’s release an average grade of A-minus, according to market research firm CinemaScore, compared to Thor’s B-plus grade. Paramount is hoping that means “Captain America” will hold up even better than “Thor,” which saw ticket sales drop only 47% in its second weekend in theaters and has since grossed $445.8 million worldwide.

But audiences were more willing to pay higher ticket prices to see “Thor” in 3-D than they were for “Captain America.” About 60% of the first weekend sales for  “Thor” came from 3-D ticket receipts, compared with 40% for “Captain  America.” However, “Captain America” was not released in Imax theaters,  which accounted for 10% of the 3-D sales for “Thor.”

Overseas, “Captain America” opened only in Italy, where it took in $2.8 million. The film will roll out in 23 additional foreign markets this week.

“Friends With Benefits,” starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as two buddies who decide to try for a sexual but nonromantic relationship, was produced by Sony’s Screen Gems label for about $35  million. The movie appealed largely to women, as 62% of the crowd was female. Those who saw the film liked it, giving it an average grade of B-plus.

While the movie is off to a good start at the box office, it still had a slightly lower opening than “No Strings Attached,” a movie released in January with an extremely similar premise. That film, in which Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star as two buddies who sleep together and attempt to maintain their friendship, opened to $19.7 million. The film was also produced for a modest cost and went on to become a sleeper hit, grossing $147.8 million  worldwide by the end of its run in theaters.

In limited release, Fox Searchlight debuted the science fiction love story “Another Earth” in four theaters, where it collected $78,413 for a good per-theater average of $19,600. The film, starring up-and-coming young actress/writer Brit Marling, premiered to positive buzz at the Sundance Film Festival this year. And another film in limited release, “Sarah’s Key,” had an even better opening weekend. The film, based on the bestselling book about a Parisian journalist and distributed by the Weinstein Co., grossed $117,045 from five theaters for a per-theater average of $23,409.

[Updated, 10:32 a.m.: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” has  officially become Paramount’s highest-grossing film ever overseas, this  weekend passing the half-billion mark abroad. Overseas, the film  collected $62 million from 60 foreign markets, bringing its  international total to $556.6 million. The movie debuted this weekend in China, where it had the biggest opening for an American film ever in the country with $40 million.

Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic  box office, with  international grosses when available, according to  studio estimates and  Hollywood.com:

1. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (Paramount/Marvel): Opened to $65.8 million. $2.8 million overseas in one foreign market.

2. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” (Warner  Bros.): $48.1 million on its second weekend, down 72%. $121.3 million  overseas in 59 foreign markets. Domestic total: $274.2 million.  International total: $560.4 million.

3. “Friends with Benefits” (Sony): Opened to $18.5 million.

4. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (Paramount):    $12 million on its fourth weekend, down 44%. $62 million overseas in 60  foreign markets. Domestic total: $325.8 million. International total:  $556.6 million.

5. “Horrible Bosses” (Warner Bros.): $11.7 million on its third weekend, down 34%. Domestic total: $82.4 million.6. “Zookeeper” (MGM/Sony): $8.7 million on its third  weekend, down 29%. $9 million overseas in 35 foreign markets.  Domestic  total: $59.2 million. International total: $28.8 million.

7. “Cars 2” (Disney/Pixar): $5.7 million on its  fifth  weekend, down 32%. $17.7 million overseas in 31 foreign markets.   Domestic total: $176.4 million. International total: $173.7 million.

8. “Winnie the Pooh” (Disney): $5.1 million on its second weekend, down 35%. Domestic total: $17.6 million.

9. “Bad Teacher” (Sony): $2.6 million on its fifth  weekend,  down 50%. $7.9 million overseas in 32 foreign markets.  Domestic total:  $94.3 million. International total: $70.2 million.

10. “Midnight in Paris” (Sony Pictures Classics): $1.9 million on its tenth weekend, up 1%. Domestic total: $48.9 million.]

— Amy Kaufman


Photos, from top: Chris Evans stars in “Captain America: The First Avenger”; Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake star in “Friends with Benefits.” Credits: Paramount Pictures; Screen Gems

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