With The Lion King on track to probably make around $100 million at the worldwide box office in its 3D re-release, it's no surprise that every other studio is looking to their back catalog and trying to figure out which classic film they can convert for a quick and extremely profitable re-release. Disney is obviously among them, since they're reaping mad amounts of cash from The Lion King, which is going to wind up being way more profitable for them on a percentage basis than something like Tangled, which made more money but also cost them quite a bit more to produce.
As such, Disney today announced four more 3D re-releases of classic films, to occur over the next couple of years:
- Beauty And The Beast (January 13, 2012)
- Finding Nemo (September 14, 2012)
- Monsters, Inc. (January 18, 2013)
- The Little Mermaid (September 13, 2013)
None of this should come as any big surprise: as much as 3D has become a non-issue for wide-release films, it looks like Disney's strategy of re-releasing films is working for it, adding a bit of juice to the notion of seeing a film in theaters again. Whether or not The Lion King was merely lucky in its timing of release date, not facing much in the way of strong competition in the children's category, remains to be seen, but Disney's choices of release dates here are notable: both January and September are usually relatively dead months in the movie business, filled with films that studios don't have much confidence in. As such, they probably won't be competing with much.
Any other Disney films you'd want to see released in 3D? As much as I dislike the experience of watching films in 3D, I have to admit that I'd probably plunk down 16 bucks to see The Incredibles again if a conversion was a good one.