The Lion King 3D rounded out its first week in theatres with $2.25 million on Thursday. Disney's 3D re-issue of its blockbuster 1994 animated film was up 2 percent over Wednesday. The Lion King 3D was easily the week's top film by exceeding expectations in a big way with a seven-day start of $39.55 million. The film displayed very solid holding power throughout the midweek, which should lead to a strong hold this weekend, especially given the film's two-week only engagement window. The lifetime gross for The Lion King when including re-issues currently stands at $368.09 million.
After spending the past three days in third place, Warner's Contagion moved back into second on Thursday with $1.00 million. The Steven Soderbergh directed film starring Matt Damon outpaced FilmDistrict's Drive by a slim $38,328 for the day. Contagion was up 3 percent over Wednesday and down 44 percent from last Thursday. For the week Contagion took second place with $18.84 million. That was down a very solid 37 percent from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at $48.56 million.
Drive placed in third with $0.96 million. The Nicolas Winding Refn directed film starring Ryan Gosling fell 2 percent from Wednesday. Drive held up nicely on Monday and Tuesday, but did lose momentum on Wednesday and Thursday. The film grossed $15.65 million in its first seven days. That placed the film in third for the week and was in line with pre-release expectations. Drive continues to run 11 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's The Informant!
The Help held steady in fourth place with $0.67 million. In the process the Disney released blockbuster film from DreamWorks surpassed the $150 million domestic milestone yesterday. The Help experienced a 6 percent increase over Wednesday and was down 29 percent from last Thursday. For the week The Help finished in fourth place with $9.12 million, which was down just 27 percent from the previous frame.
In platform release, Pearl Jam Twenty has grossed $280,343 in three days of release. The Abramorama distributed, Cameron Crowe directed documentary on rock band Pearl Jam is playing in 60 locations, giving it a per-location average of $4,672 over the past three days.
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