“Finding Nemo’s” 3-D re-release should go swimmingly at the box office this weekend, as the
The reformatted version of the kids' flick will likely open with around $30 million in ticket sales, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The other new film hitting theaters this weekend, “
Walt Disney Studios decided to pull a handful of its most popular animated titles out of the vault for 3-D re-releases a month after “The Lion King 3-D” scored at the box office. The reissue of the jungle book tale grossed a surprisingly strong $94.2 million last September, prompting the studio to announce 3-D re-releases of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters Inc.” and “The Little Mermaid.”
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The 3-D reissue of “Beauty and the Beast” didn’t fare nearly as well at the multiplex as “The Lion King,” grossing $47.6 million. Disney expects “Nemo” will ultimately sell more tickets than “Beast," but fewer than “King.” The studio said it spent under $5 million to convert “Nemo” to 3-D, meaning it should be a financial winner for Disney.
When it was first released nine years ago,
Other studios have seen mixed box office results re-releasing their most popular titles in 3-D. When
“Resident Evil: Retribution” is the fifth film in the science fiction
Each movie in the “Resident Evil” series has grossed more than its predecessor in North America, with 2010’s “Afterlife” finishing with $60.1 million domestically. However, the “Resident Evil” films now do most of their business overseas. The 2010 installment, released in 3-D, took in $236.1 million internationally -- about 80% of its worldwide gross. “Retribution” is already faring well abroad, having collected $1.4 million since Wednesday from five foreign markets including Indonesia and Taiwan. This weekend, the movie will play in 50 countries, with the biggest ticket sales expected to come from locations South Korea, Australia and Russia.
In limited release,