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African Cats (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $15,428,747Details
International Box Office $2,455,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $17,883,747
Home Market Performance
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $3,880,404 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $3,880,404
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, "African Cats" captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons. Disneynature brings "The Lion King" to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill. An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, "African Cats" leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
72% - Fresh
Audience
77% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 22nd, 2011 (Wide) by Walt Disney
International Releases: April 27th, 2012 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: October 4th, 2011 by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: G
(Rating bulletin 2158, 2/9/2011)
Running Time: 89 minutes
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Keywords: Animal Lead, Voiceover/Narration, Environment
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Fothergill-Scholey Productions
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,635 $15,693 Jul 8, 2011 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,598 $31,166 Jul 1, 2011 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,414 $199,479 Jun 24, 2011 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,833 $58,400 Jun 17, 2011 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,180 $16,725 Jun 10, 2011 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,279 $30,039 Jun 3, 2011 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,986 $74,845 May 27, 2011 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,452 $260,855 May 20, 2011 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,277 $667,187 May 13, 2011 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,585 $1,066,163 May 6, 2011 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,330 $2,403,808 Apr 29, 2011 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,627 $6,003,200 Apr 22, 2011 3
Widest Opening Weekend 3,339 1,220 Apr 22, 2011 3
Movies with Leggiest Opening Weekend 1,101 1.80 Apr 22, 2011 1
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 1,258 55.4% Apr 22, 2011 1

Cast

Samuel L. Jackson    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Co-Producer    Alastair Fothergill
Producer    Keith Scholey
Producer    Alix Tidmarsh
Associate Producer    Jane Hamlin
Principal Photography    Owen Newman
Principal Photography    Sophie Darlington
Specialist Photography    Simon King
Aerial Tracking Photography    Simon Werry
Editor    Martin Elsbury
Composer    Nicholas Hooper
Additional Editor    Don Hahn

Blu-ray Sales: King Begins Reign of the Century

October 19th, 2011

A pair of powerful new releases helped push the Blu-ray sales chart to record levels. The Lion King led the way with 1.57 million units sold, earning $46.46 million. If you add in The Trilogy Box Set, which sold 44,000 units / $3.33 million, the film earned nearly $50 million in opening week sales. I wasn't expecting it to sell this well. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 18th, 2011

October 18th, 2011

It should be a relatively good week in terms of DVD and Blu-ray sales with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides leading the way. However, it's not a particularly deep week in terms of home market releases. Nor is it really strong when it comes to contenders for Pick of the Week. Degrassi: Season Ten is in competition, but in the end I went with Robotech: The Complete Series. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: African Cats

October 14th, 2011

Disney has been making nature documentaries for a long, long time. More recently, they set up a new label to specifically make these films, Disneynature, starting with earth, which was actually cut from a TV mini-series. Its theatrical run was a critical and box office success. Oceans did nearly as well with critics, but struggled more at the box office. African Cats slid a little more in terms of ticket sales, but does that mean it is also the weakest in terms of quality? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 4th, 2011

October 5th, 2011

It's a maddening week on the home market. There were more than a dozen featured reviews this week, and what seems like an equal number that are late. (And that's not mentioning the more than a dozen Blu-rays and DVDs that arrived late last week that I still haven't gotten to. At least I don't have to worry about not having enough to do for the next few weeks.) There were a number of contenders for Pick of the Week, including The Walking Dead: Season One on DVD or Blu-ray. But in the end I choose The Lion King Blu-ray Combo Pack. More...

Fast Five Laps Competition

May 2nd, 2011

There's finally reason to celebrate at the box office as Fast Five surpassed even the high end expectations and helped the overall box office numbers to their best levels of the year at $159 million. This was up 17% from last weekend and was a stunning 56% improvement over the same weekend last year. Granted, 2011 still lags behind 2010 by $500 million at $3.04 billion to $3.54 billion, but this is great news in the short term, and perhaps its a sign of strength to come. More...

Easter Sweetens Box Office Results

April 25th, 2011

That's two wins in a row. This weekend pulled in $136 million, which was 5% higher than last weekend and an impressive 37% higher than the same weekend last year. Granted, Easter landed on a different weekend last year, but this is still an impressive win. Also, it helped 2011 close the gap on 2010 to 17% at $2.84 billion to $3.41 billion. It still going to take a lot just to catch up by the end of the year, but at least there's some reason to be optimistic going into the summer. More...

Weekend Preview: Can Madea Keep the Box Office Healthy?

April 21st, 2011

The box office is looking to extend its winning streak to two this weekend. There is some great news regarding that goal, as this time last year was really poor, with the three new releases earning less than $30 million combined. I would be shocked if Madea's Big Happy Family opened with less than that. With the Easter holiday, Rio and Hop should hold on well and 2011 should finally start digging itself out of the huge hole it is in. More...

2011 Preview: April

April 1st, 2011

Another month has gone by and 2011 has slipped further behind 2010's pace. March was a bit of an improvement over the first two months, but only in the most generous of terms. It still lost ground to 2010, but not at the same disastrous pace as January and February did. There is some good news, as last April was rather weak and there's a chance 2011 could actually gain ground. After all, only Clash of the Titans earned $100 million last year (although Date Night came awfully close). This year, there are three or four films that could hit the century mark. That would be welcome news indeed. On a side note, April is usually a bit of a dumping ground as studios fear going head-to-head with summer blockbusters opening in May. However, I get the feeling that this year they are hoping to extend summer by having it open a couple of weeks early. Maybe they'll succeed. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/22 6 $6,003,200   1,220 $4,921   $6,003,200 3
2011/04/29 11 $2,403,808 -60% 1,224 $1,964   $10,668,829 10
2011/05/06 13 $1,066,163 -56% 1,035 $1,030   $12,895,884 17
2011/05/13 16 $667,187 -37% 631 $1,057   $14,039,566 24
2011/05/20 24 $260,855 -61% 378 $690   $14,577,305 31
2011/05/27 42 $74,845 -71% 147 $509   $14,774,085 38
2011/06/03 53 $30,039 -60% 72 $417   $14,868,187 45
2011/06/10 54 $16,725 -44% 39 $429   $14,912,432 52
2011/06/17 37 $58,400 +249% 121 $483   $14,983,315 59
2011/06/24 24 $199,479 +242% 122 $1,635   $15,240,456 66
2011/07/01 45 $31,166 -84% 30 $1,039   $15,378,916 73
2011/07/08 58 $15,693 -50% 23 $682   $15,415,270 80

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/22 5 $3,327,053   1,220 $2,727   $3,327,053 1
2011/04/23 10 $1,704,857 -49% 1,220 $1,397   $5,031,910 2
2011/04/24 10 $971,290 -43% 1,220 $796   $6,003,200 3
2011/04/25 7 $661,312 -32% 1,220 $542   $6,664,512 4
2011/04/26 5 $549,428 -17% 1,220 $450   $7,213,940 5
2011/04/27 4 $512,219 -7% 1,220 $420   $7,726,159 6
2011/04/28 4 $538,862 +5% 1,220 $442   $8,265,021 7
2011/04/29 9 $962,221 +79% 1,224 $786   $9,227,242 8
2011/04/30 13 $829,857 -14% 1,224 $678   $10,057,099 9
2011/05/01 9 $611,730 -26% 1,224 $500   $10,668,829 10
2011/05/02 5 $211,655 -65% 1,224 $173   $10,880,484 11
2011/05/03 5 $321,677 +52% 1,224 $263   $11,202,161 12
2011/05/04 5 $282,357 -12% 1,224 $231   $11,484,518 13
2011/05/05 5 $345,203 +22% 1,224 $282   $11,829,721 14
2011/05/06 13 $280,896 -19% 1,035 $271   $12,110,617 15
2011/05/07 13 $336,995 +20% 1,035 $326   $12,447,612 16
2011/05/08 10 $448,272 +33% 1,035 $433   $12,895,884 17
2011/05/09 13 $98,284 -78% 1,035 $95   $12,994,168 18
2011/05/10 12 $118,587 +21% 1,035 $115   $13,112,755 19
2011/05/11 10 $116,922 -1% 1,035 $113   $13,229,677 20
2011/05/12 8 $142,702 +22% 1,035 $138   $13,372,379 21
2011/05/30 37 $26,663   147 $181   $14,725,903 39
2011/07/04 51 $4,771   30 $159   $15,383,687 74

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/22 6 $8,265,021   1,220 $6,775   $8,265,021 7
2011/04/29 8 $3,564,700 -57% 1,224 $2,912   $11,829,721 14
2011/05/06 13 $1,542,658 -57% 1,035 $1,490   $13,372,379 21
2011/05/13 16 $944,071 -39% 631 $1,496   $14,316,450 28
2011/05/20 25 $382,790 -59% 378 $1,013   $14,699,240 35
2011/05/27 41 $138,908 -64% 147 $945   $14,838,148 42
2011/06/03 50 $57,559 -59% 72 $799   $14,895,707 49
2011/06/10 55 $29,208 -49% 39 $749   $14,924,915 56
2011/06/17 33 $116,062 +297% 121 $959   $15,040,977 63
2011/06/24 26 $306,773 +164% 122 $2,515   $15,347,750 70
2011/07/01 47 $51,827 -83% 30 $1,728   $15,399,577 77
2011/07/08 56 $29,170 -44% 23 $1,268   $15,428,747 84

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
United Kingdom 4/27/2012 $66,327 134 134 179 $99,350 12/6/2015
 
Rest of World $2,355,650
 
International Total$2,455,000 12/6/2015

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
10/9/2011834,453 34,453$713,185$713,1851
10/16/20111811,349-67% 45,802$283,604$996,7892

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