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A still from the 1994 animated film, The Lion King. - Provided courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures / Bueno Vista Pictures

'The Lion King' re-release causes Friday box office upset

09/17/2011 by Olivia Allin

In a box office upset, the re-release of Disney's "The Lion King" easily outscored this week's new releases, which includes "Drive," "Straw Dogs" and "I Don't Know How She Does It."

The film took in a whopping $8.8 million on Friday and is expected to gross as much as $25 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The animated classic was converted to 3D and released to theaters to promote the Diamond Blu-Ray edition of the film, which is slated for release on October 4. "Lion King" is the top grossing hand-drawn animated film of all time, grossing over $328.5 million domestically and $788.2 million worldwide, according to the industry magazine.

Meanwhile, FilmDistrict's "Drive" grossed an estimated $4 million on Friday and earned favorable reviews from critics. It didn't beat out last week's "Contagion" though, which grossed another $4.6 million on Friday and is expected to stay in the No. 2 spot.

"Drive" follows Gosling as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a crime scene driver. He gets involved with a young mother with a shady past (Carey Mulligan) and when a heist goes wrong, he finds himself wanted by some dangerous men.

Screen Gem's R-rated thriller "Straw Dogs" took in $1.98 million on Friday, just above "The Help," which earned another $1.93 million.

In the film, James Marsden stars a Los Angeles screenwriter David Summer, who relocates with his wife Amy (Bosworth) to her hometown in the deep South. As tensions grow in their marriage, the locals begin to pose a threat.

The Sarah Jessica Parker comedy "I Don't Know How She Does It" landed in the sixth spot, earning $1.6 million. In The Weinstein Company film, Parker plays Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids.

The movie also stars Greg Kinnear as Reddy's husband, as well as former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" and television personality Olivia Munn.

Check out trailers for "Drive," "Straw Dogs" and "I Don't Know How She Does It" below.

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