Playing in over 2,600 theaters nationwide, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 3D had a very solid opening weekend gross of almost $18.5 million, placing it in second place behind Contraband. For a re-release of a movie that came out over twenty years ago, that would seem like a fantastic number. The truth is it’s way behind last year’s 3D re-release of The Lion King which made over $30 million on its opening weekend, and ultimately ended up grossing almost $95 million.

Why the disparity? Is it because Beauty and the Beast is less popular than The Lion King? A general 3D backlash? According to angry exhibitors, it might be because consumers can purchase a Blu-ray of Beauty and the Beast 3D right now, as it’s in theaters. Read more after the jump.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ 3D Reissue Trailer

I don’t know that there is really any point to posting trailers for a film’s 3D re-release online where no one can see the added 3D aspect.

But what you can see is some evidence of the HD remaster that also goes along with such releases. So what the heck, here’s the trailer for Beauty and the Beast 3D, which Disney is putting in theaters on January 13. It’s more or less the same film that was released to great acclaim in 1991, after which Beauty and the Beast became the first-ever animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. (Presumably, this is the same version as the slightly altered 2002 re-issue ‘special edition’ that boasted a new musical number and some cleaned-up animation.)

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Hot off the first look at the next Toy Story short film, Small Fry, Disney announced the directors of Tangled will bring back those characters in short form at the beginning of the new year. A short sequel called Tangled Ever After will play with Beauty and the Beast 3D when it’s released January 13, 2012. Once again directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, the short will take place at Rapunzel and Flynn’s wedding where Pascal the chameleon and Maximus the horse lose the rings. Read more about the film and check out the full poster after the break. Read More »

It has been over two years since Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that they would be converting Beauty and the Beast into 3D for a Valentine’s Day 2010 theatrical rerelease. Disney has been showing a short test of the 3D footage at various industry events, including last year’s ShoWest. Unlike the live-action 3D post conversions, I was actually quite impressed with what Disney was able to achieve with the added dimensionality (read my previous report here). I actually havent talked to one person that didn’t like the 3d scene they screened.

As Valentine’s Day 2010 quickly approached, Disney pushed the release back to a To Be Announced 2011 date. And it was later revealed that they were so happy with how Beauty 3D turned out, that they were also in the process of converting The Lion King to 3D as well.

Good news: Today we have finally been told when we can see these 3D conversions of Disney’s animated classics…

Bad news: they are releasing the films direct to 3D Blu-Ray in 2011, with not theatrical rerelease expected.

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There are a few Disney project updates today. First up, the release of Monsters Inc. 2 has been pulled up by two weeks to avoid competition with the final film in the Twilight series. The new date for the Pixar sequel is November 2, 2012. That’ll give it two weeks before Twilight opens, but Pixar should be able to hold its own after having a couple weeks to establish a beachhead.

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Teaser Trailer: Beauty and the Beast in 3D

It has been almost two years since Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that they would be converting Beauty and the Beast into 3D for a Valentine’s Day 2010 theatrical rerelease. Disney has been showing a short test of the 3D footage at various industry events, including last year’s ShoWest. Unlike the live-action 3D post conversions, I was actually quite impressed with what Disney was able to achieve with the added dimensionality (read my previous report here). Earlier this year, Disney pushed the releease back to a To Be Announced 2011 date, and it was later revealed that they were so happy with how Beauty 3D turned out, that they were also in the process of converting The Lion King to 3D as well.

We still don’t know when the 3D version will hit theaters, but many assume it’s February 14th 2011, as Disney wanted to target Valentine’s Day in it’s previous release plans. But a one minute teaser trailer has been found online, and can now be watched embedded after the jump. According to the trailer, it will get a very limited release in New Zealand on August 12th 2010.

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Walt Disney Studios has finally announced their schedule for the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International. Full details after the jump.

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Video Blog: ShoWest 2009

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I just got back from ShowWest in Las Vegas. ShoWest is a convention for theater owners where, among other things, Hollywood previews some of their upcoming movies. You’ve seen some of my ShoWest overage on the site over the last week, but there was so much going on that I couldn’t get to it all. Frosty from Collider joins me in this video blog wrap-up, where we take a look at nearly everything that we saw over the course of the four day convention. We broke it into two parts because it runs a little bit long. Here is some of the stuff we talked about:

Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Tron 2 3-D, Beauty and the Beast in 3-D, Angels & Demons,  G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Woody Allen’s new film Whatever Works, The Hurt Locker, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Hangover, Terminator Salvation, Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Proposal, The Princess and the Frog, Men in Black 3, Spider-Man 4, Ghostbusters 3, The Ugly Truth, Julie and Julia, and The Year One.

In the last 5 minutes of the video, George (El Guapo) from Latino Review, Alex from First Showing, Ed from Coming Soon, and Katey from Cinemablend make a cameo appearance and briefly discuss their favorite things from the con. A big thanks goes to Katey Rich for producing this segment. She did the camera work and helped us organize the talking points. Without her, we would have been babbling even more than we did. Part 2 is after the jump.

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