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Lion King Keeps Crown, Beats Moneyball

But Brad Pitt flick still biggest-opening baseball movie ever
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2011 3:46 AM CDT

(Newser) Moneyball may have scored a homerun with critics, but at the end of the weekend the only number that mattered was 3D, as Disney's souped-up re-release of its 17-year-old The Lion King topped the box office for the second weekend in a row. The Lion King earned another $22.1 million over the weekend, thanks to strong matinees and a rainy Friday, bringing its release revenues to $61.6 million.

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Neck-and-neck for Nos. 2 and 3 were Moneyball with $20.6 million and Morgan Freeman's Dolphin Tale with $20.3 million. Moneyball may not have landed in the top spot, but it is the biggest opening ever for a baseball movie, according to Deadline. Taylor Lautner's new film Abduction opened in fourth place with $11.2 million, but Deadline said a bad marketing campaign was as much to blame as the film's poor reviews. (Read more box office stories.)

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