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‘Lion King’ tops ‘Moneyball’ at box office

Associated Press / September 26, 2011

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Brad Pitt was unable to put the cat out of first place at the weekend box office. Walt Disney’s “The Lion King’’ reissue was No. 1 for the second consecutive weekend with $22.1 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. That puts it just ahead of Pitt’s baseball drama “Moneyball,’’ a Sony Pictures release that opened at No. 2 with $20.6 million. Debuting closely behind at No. 3 was the Warner Bros. family film “Dolphin Tale’’ with $20.3 million. “Dolphin Tale’’ stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman. The 3-D reissue of 1994’s “The Lion King’’ has taken in $61.7 million since opening the previous weekend to a bigger audience than expected.

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