The Lion King 3D introduced the Circle of Life to whole new generation as Disney’s epic animation opened to a mighty £2.8 million across UK cinemas this weekend. This makes it the highest opening weekend for a re-issue for 14 years – since the 1997 re-release of Star Wars IV: A New Hope . This has helped bring the The Lion King 3D total global box office to date to $114.1M and with more markets yet to open to The Lion King is set to roar even louder over the coming days.
The Pride of Disney, The Lion King 3D , has now joined an elite list of highest grossing films of all time, which includes Titanic, Avatar, Star Wars and Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3. The Lion King already holds pride of place as the third highest grossing animated film of all time, the highest grossing traditional hand-drawn animated film of all time and the highest grossing film for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
The film’s release in theatres allows millions of fans, old and new, to visit Pride Rock in all its 3D splendour as one of Disney’s best loved animations proved that it is still The King. This beloved story has continued to defy boundaries throughout its 17 years and as audiences enjoy the adventures of Simba in an all-new dimension, a whole new generation is experiencing the timeless tale on the big screen for the first time. They will join the millions of fans who fell in love with the characters, story and amazing animation along with the award-winning soundtrack when it was first released.
An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music set the stage for the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can’t wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba’s exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warm-hearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realises his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.” Featuring the all-star vocal talents of Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Ernie Sabella, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Robert Guillaume, Cheech Marin and Moira Kelly, The Lion King is a rip-roaring comedy with an uplifting message of courage, loyalty and hope, a timeless tale for all ages.