Dolphin deposes Lion at box office
Published 03/10/2011 | 11:12
A dolphin has dethroned The Lion King at the weekend US box office.
The Warner Bros family film Dolphin Tale held up well with 14.2 million US dollars in its second weekend to take the number one spot from The Lion King, the Disney reissue that had been the top movie for the past two weekends.
The Lion King slipped to third place with 11.1 million dollars, just behind Sony's Brad Pitt baseball tale Moneyball, which was number two in its second weekend with 12.5 million, according to studio estimates.
Dolphin Tale features Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman in a real-life story about strangers who team up to help an injured dolphin. The movie had debuted a week earlier at number three, closely behind The Lion King and Moneyball, but it earned good word-of-mouth that kept fans coming.
"There's just something about a dolphin," said Jeff Goldstein, general sales manager for Warner Bros. "It just looks interesting, and it looks wholesome and compelling and fun."
The three holdover films held off a rush of new wide releases. In a photo finish for the number four spot were Summit Entertainment's cancer comic drama 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, with 8.85 million dollars and Sony's Christian-themed police drama Courageous with 8.8 million.
Debuting at number six with 8.2 million dollars was Universal's Dream House, a fright flick starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts. The weekend's other new wide release, the 20th Century Fox romantic comedy What's Your Number?, starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans, flopped at number eight with 5.6 million.