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Reporting from Burbank, California April 25, 2012, Disney has announced that due to great opening weekend for “Chimpanzee,” that they will extend their benefit to the Jane Goodall Institute.
Disneynature’s newest True Life Adventure, “Chimpanzee” took in $10.6 million during its’ opening weekend. For every moviegoer who saw “Chimpanzee” during the first week of release, Disneynature gave a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. The movie proved so popular among audiences that Disneynature is extending the “See Chimpanzee, save Chimpanzees” program through May 3, 2012.
“In theaters just five days, ‘Chimpanzee’ has already given us a lot to celebrate,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “Led by a young chimpanzee named Oscar, ‘Chimpanzee’ has won the hearts of audiences nationwide. It’s because of that success that we decided to extend our program with the Jane Goodall Institute.”
The news was well received by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. “We couldn’t be happier to extend this collaboration to help the Jane Goodall Institute better protect chimpanzees and the places they call home,” she said. “A film like ‘Chimpanzee’ helps spread the passion we have for these extraordinary beings, sharing the truly relatable moments experienced by Oscar and his fellow chimpanzees in a way that will hopefully inspire audiences to continue their support long after the movie ends.”