Did 3D help the Lion King? It’s very possible because The Lion King 3D is set to become the number three animated movie of all time thanks to being re-released into theaters in the popular format.
Disney’s 3D re-release of The Lion King—one of the biggest box office surprises in recent history—is doing so well that the pic is about to pass Pixar’s Finding Nemo and become the fourth top-grossing animated film of all time on its way to claiming the No. 3 spot.
Through Sunday, the re-release has grossed $77.7 million globally, including a dazzling 10-day domestic total of $61.7 million. That puts Lion King’s total gross at $862.1 million, just behind Finding Nemo’s worldwide tally of $867.9 million.
That’s not all: Lion King should ultimately eclipse Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($886.7 million) and take the No. 3 spot, considering the re-release is expected to do another $40 million in business worldwide. It has only opened in 19 markets internationally, representing 41 percent of the foreign marketplace.
Well, that certainly opened the flood gates. I’m thinking Disney was definitely paying attention and we can expect another classic to get the 3D treatment and be re-released in movie theaters.