Disney never counted on the phenomenal success of its 3D release of “The Lion King.” In fact Hollywood is well and truly in shock. What we can read into this of course is that the film was a good egg to begin with and parents who watched the original 1994 hit when they were kids were certainly taking their own kids to see the new version.
The film featured the voices of Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson and with a soundtrack by Elton John and Hans Zimmer, no wonder the film went on to earn a whopping box office gross of $772 million.
Now after a ten day global release the film grossed a further $77.7 million, putting the total tally at $867 million and securing a number three slot in the highest grossing animation league after “Finding Nemo” and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.”
Hollywood wasn’t betting on any of this because, let’s face it, no one really has a clue as to why some films resonate more than others. There’s no sure fire hit and producers, studios, critics and film analysts really make it all up as they go along.
One thing we can be sure of though from “The Lion King’s” surprising success – a release of every blockbuster animation to 3D.
Get ready for it.