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3-D 'Lion King' takes box office with $29.3M

A 3-D version of the animated Disney favorite, 'The Lion King,' earned $29.3 million in its first weekend in theaters.

September 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's 1994 all over again with a re-release of "The Lion King" opening at the top of the box office.

A 3-D version of the animated Disney favorite earned a surprising $29.3 million in its first weekend in theaters.

The original film made more than $40 million when it opened nationwide 17 years ago.

Last week's No. 1 movie, Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion," dropped a spot in its second weekend. The Warner Bros. viral thriller made about $14.5 million for a total of $44.2 million.

Among the other new releases, the critical darling "Drive" came in at No. 3 with just over $11 million. Ryan Gosling stars as a stoic wheelman in the retro action picture from FilmDistrict.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "The Lion King 3D," $29.3 million. ($700,000 international.)
2. "Contagion," $14.5 million. ($1.3 million international.)
3. "Drive," $11 million.
4. "The Help," $6.4 million. ($1.1 million international.)
5. "Straw Dogs," $5 million.
6. "I Don't Know How She Does It," $4.5 million. ($800,000 international.)
7. "The Debt," $2.9 million. ($1 million international.)
8. "Warrior," $2.8 million. ($400,000 international.)
9. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," $2.6 million.
10. "Colombiana," $2.3 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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