Weekend Box Office: September 16-18, 2011

1. The Lion King (in 3D) – $30,151,614

2. Contagion – $14,548,433

3. Drive (2011) – $11,340,461

4. The Help – $6,513,039

5. Straw Dogs (2011) – $5,123,760

6. I Don’t Know How She Does It – $4,402,201

7. The Debt -$2,942,631

8. Warrior – $2,860,325

9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – $2,658,131

10. Colombiana – $2,330,191

Looks like the lion was indeed king this weekend when it took in an impressive $30.1 million dollars, despite already being released on home video. I’m assuming most families were happy just to see The Lion King again on the big screen and not because of its 3D re-release. It’s still one of the highest hand-drawn films of all-time.

Contagion is holding well, only dipping 35 percent to a $14.5 million dollar take for the weekend. It’s mirroring last years The Town in terms of box office performance, which means it could close with a respectable amount of cash for Mr. Soderbergh. I feel the need to check the film out again in theaters, but my initial viewing left me sort of disappointed. Check out my review here.

Of the newest releases it looks like Drive clicked the best with audiences, taking in $11.3 million, landing it in the number 3 spot for the weekend. I still can’t believe a film like Drive got such a wide release and seeing it in the top bunch of films for the weekend puts a big grin on my face. I loved the hell out of the movie, it’s easily one of my favorites of the year if not the best! Check out my review here.

Straw Dogs (2011) and I Don’t Know How She Does It opened kind of low, but expected while The Help still holds on. It looks like The Help isn’t going to leave the top 5 without a fight.

It’s sad to see a film like Warrior already drop to the number 8 spot, while Colombiana is still in the top 10, barely. I feel like Warrior should have been a success, but Lionsgate didn’t know how to market the film at all. The trailers were lame and the random early September release just doesn’t fit it. If they didn’t have enough confidence to release it around the Oscar season in November or December then why not give it a January slot? Maybe even a mid-August slot could have helped it get some stronger legs.

For those of you keeping track at home Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is sitting at number 25, with $395 thousand bucks for its weekend intake.

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