Lion King short of claiming No 3 spot

MUMBAI: In a big surprise, Disney’s The Lion King is doing exceedingly well and if all goes well, it is about to edge out Pixar’s Finding Nemo and become the fourth top-grossing animated film of all time to claim the no. 3 spot.

Till Sunday, the film has grossed $77.7 million globally, including a 10-day domestic total of $61.7 million. That puts the film’s total gross at $862.1 million, just behind Finding Nemo’s worldwide tally of $867.9 million.
Moreover, Lion King shows signs of eclipsing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($886.7 million) and take the No. 3 spot, considering that it will do another $40 million business worldwide.

The No. 1 animated pic of all time worldwide is Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 ($1.1 billion), followed by DreamWorks Animations’ Shrek 2 ($919 million), Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Nemo and rounding out the top five is Lion King.
“During the daytime, we are seeing family business. But in the evening, it’s a date-night title for a generation that loved the film when they were younger,” said Disney executive vice president of distribution Dave Hollis.

According to exit polling, couples make up 20 percent of Lion King’s audience, while teens make up roughly 9 percent. The remainder of the audience is families.

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