'Lion King 3D' Defies Expectations, Completely Overshadows Fellow Newcomers

on September 17, 2011 by Phil Contrino
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With $8.825 million on Friday, The Lion King 3D is off to an amazing start. It's quite clear that the film is enticing a healthy portion of nostalgic twentysomethings in addition to families.

Contagion is headed for a solid sophomore frame thanks to $4.63 million on Friday. A rush of mainstream media coverage on the science of the film is largely responsible for that. 

Drive managed to rope in a respectable $4.024 million on Friday. The Ryan Gosling vehicle received a warm critical reception, and now the paying public seems to be on the same page: nearly 16,000 Flixster users have combined to give Drive a healthy 88% approval rating.

Straw Dogs delivered a lackluster $1.985 million on Friday. Director Rod Lurie's remake is clearly too harsh and uncompromising for mainstream digestion. Nearly 8,000 Flixster users have combined to give the film a disastrous 58% approval rating.

With only $1.558 million in the bank on Friday, The Weinstein Company's I Don't Know How She Does It is off to a very mediocre start. Sex and the City fans aren't following star Sarah Jessica Parker as she attempts to have a viable career outside of the beloved property. More than 6,000 Flixster users have combined to give the film a weak 68% approval rating. 2011 has been a terrible year for TWC. Scream 4, Hoodwinked Too!, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Our Idiot Brother and Apollo 18 have all opened to mediocre numbers.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: The Lion King 3D, Drive, Straw Dogs, I Don't Know How She Does It
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