When the 3D release of The Lion King ended up being a huge hit last year, Disney immediately sprung into action and announced that they would be re-releasing a number of films that had been converted to the third dimension. While we've already seen Beauty and the Beast 3D in theaters and Finding Nemo 3D will arrive this September, they also announced that Monsters Inc. 3D would be out on January 18, 2013. The move made a lot of sense, as Disney-Pixar will be releasing Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, next summer, but now the timetable has changed just a bit.
It has been announced that the Monsters Inc. conversion has been bumped up from January 2013 to December 19th of this year. While no explanation is given for the move, the title now faces some seriously heavy competition. While the Wednesday release date will give the title a bit of a jump, there is plenty of competition during the week, as Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher, Judd Apatow's This is 40, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty are all set to come out. The movie will also go up against Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, both of which will be in cinemas the week before.
While it's worth noting that Beauty and the Beast 3D didn't have a great deal of success this past January - making only $47.6 million during its multi-week run compared to The Lion King's $94.2 million - this is still a strange move for Monsters Inc. 3D. On January 18, 2013 the only films set to be released are Broken City and The Last Stand,neither of which share a demographic with the Pixar film. Perhaps the studio has an ace up it's sleeve.
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