17 years after his big screen debut, Simba is still working hard for the mouse! Disney’s The Lion King 3D opened in the #1 spot this past weekend grossing near $30 million for the juggernaut. The Lion King has secured its spot in history as the third highest-grossing animated feature film of all time at the domestic box office. This most recent 3D release marks the fifth biggest September opening in industry history.
“The Lion King has proven again and again the transcendent power of great stories and characters,” said Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “From the screen to the stage, this timeless classic continues to touch the hearts of audiences of all ages around the world.”
The beloved Disney film is also the first re-release to open at number one in the past 14 years. The movie will run on the big screen until it’s Blu-ray release on October 4th.