As expected, Disney is further raiding its vault for more 3D releases.
"Beauty and the Beast" will go first, going wide Jan. 13; it will be followed by "Nemo" (Sept. 14), "Monsters, Inc." (Jan. 18, 2013) and "Little Mermaid" (Sept. 13, 2013).
In three weekend's of release, Disney's 3D re-release of "The Lion King" has grossed nearly $80 million domestically — and more than $100 million globally. All of this revenue comes at low, low overhead for the studio, which had already converted the original "Lion King" print to 3D for the home video market (cost: under $10 million).
“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “We’re thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3D — and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen.”