‘Lion King’ chases off Brad Pitt to remain No. 1 at box office

Posted Sept. 25, 2011, at 7:37 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 26, 2011, at 9:45 a.m.
In this Sept. 17, 2011 photo provided by Time Warner Cable, guests gather outside before a Time Warner Cable and Disney screening of &quotThe Lion King" 3D at The El Capitan Theatre, in Los Angeles. Walt Disney's &quotThe Lion King" reissue was No. 1 for the second-straight weekend with $22.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.
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In this Sept. 17, 2011 photo provided by Time Warner Cable, guests gather outside before a Time Warner Cable and Disney screening of "The Lion King" 3D at The El Capitan Theatre, in Los Angeles. Walt Disney's "The Lion King" reissue was No. 1 for the second-straight weekend with $22.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.

LOS ANGELES — Walt Disney’s “The Lion King” reissue was No. 1 for the second-straight weekend with $22.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That put it just ahead of Brad 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 much bigger audience than expected. That’s on top of nearly $800 million worldwide the movie made in its original run and a 2002 re-release.

“Twilight” co-star Taylor Lautner’s action tale “Abduction” opened at No. 4 with $11.2 million. The Lionsgate release casts Lautner as a teen hurtled into a world of espionage as he tries to uncover the mystery of his past.

Another action thriller, Open Road Films’ “Killer Elite,” debuted at No. 5 with $9.5 million. The movie stars Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen as special-ops assassins caught up in a global revenge scheme.

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