‘The Lion King’ still rules box office for 2nd weekend

New York: The 3D re-release of ‘The Lion King’ has chased off competition to remain at the top of the US box office for the second consecutive weekend, pulling in 22.1 million dollars.

According to Hollywood.com, the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theatres showed that Brad Pitt’s ‘Moneyball’ was unable to knock off Walt Disney’s 1994 film from the number 1 spot and opened at number 2 with 20.6 million dollars, the New York Daily News reported.

Debuting closely behind the Sony picture film was the Warner Bros. family film ‘Dolphin Tale’ with 20.3 million dollars.

‘The Lion King’ is said to have taken in a revenue of 61.7 million dollars since its opening the previous weekend, attracting a much larger audience than expected that Disney plans to leave it in the theatres longer than the two-week run that the studio initially planned as a prelude to its Blu-ray home-video debut on 4th October.

“Twilight’ co-star Taylor Lautner’s action tale ‘Abduction’ opened at Number 4 with 11.2 million dollars, whereas Open Road Films’ ‘Killer Elite’ debuted at Number 5 with 9.5 million dollars.

The top 10 movies at the weekend box office were:

1. ‘The Lion King’ – 22.1 million dollars
2. ‘Moneyball’ – 20.6 million dollars
3. ‘Dolphin Tale’ – 20.3 million dollars
4. ‘Abduction’ – 11.2 million dollars
5. ‘Killer Elite’ – 9.5 million dollars
6. ‘Contagion’ – 8.6 million dollars
7. ‘Drive’ – 5.8 million dollars
8. ‘The Help’ – 4.4 million dollars
9. ‘Straw Dogs’ – 2.1 million dollars
10. ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ – 2.05 million dollars


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