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'Dolphin' dethrones 'Lion King' at box office

'Dolphin Tale' swam its way to the top of the box office with $14.2 million, beating out two-time champ 'The Lion King.'

October 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
"The Lion King" no longer reigns over the box office.

"Dolphin Tale" swam its way to the top spot this weekend with $14.2 million. The movie debuted last week at No. 3 but shot up to No. 1 this weekend.

Last week's box office champion, "The Lion King," slipped to third place with $11.1 million, just behind Brad Pitt's latest film, "Moneyball," which brought in $12.5 million.

The cancer comic drama "50/50" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen came in fourth with $8.85 million, followed by "Courageous" with $8.8 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Dolphin Tale," $14.2 million.
2. "Moneyball," $12.5 million.
3. "The Lion King," $11.1 million ($1.8 million international).
4. "50/50," $8.85 million.
5. "Courageous," $8.8 million.
6. "Dream House," $8.2 million.
7. "Abduction," $5.65 million ($6.2 million international).
8. "What's Your Number?", $5.6 million ($2.2 million international).
9. "Contagion," $5 million ($3.4 million international).
10. "Killer Elite," $4.9 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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