'Dolphin' deposes 'Lion' with $14.2M to grab No. 1
Sunday, October 2, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A dolphin has dethroned "The Lion King" at the weekend box office.
The Warner Bros. family film "Dolphin Tale" held up well with $14.2 million in its second weekend to take over at No. 1 from "The Lion King," the Disney reissue that had been the top movie the previous two weekends.
Studio estimates Sunday showed "The Lion King" slipping to third-place with $11.1 million, just behind Sony's Brad Pitt baseball tale "Moneyball," which was No. 2 in its second weekend with $12.5 million.
The three holdover films held off a rush of new wide releases. In a photo finish for the No. 4 spot were Summit Entertainment's cancer comic drama "50/50," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, with $8.85 million and Sony's Christian-themed police drama "Courageous" with $8.8 million.