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Lion king of the box office beasts

Published 26/09/2011 | 10:27

The Lion King reigns supreme at the top of the US box office
The Lion King reigns supreme at the top of the US box office

Brad Pitt was unable to put the cat out of first place at the weekend US box office.

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Walt Disney's The Lion King reissue was number one for the second-straight weekend with 22.1 million US dollars, according to studio estimates.

That puts it just ahead of Pitt's baseball drama Moneyball, a Sony Pictures release that opened at number two with 20.6 million dollars.

Debuting closely behind at number three was the Warner Bros family film Dolphin Tale with 20.3 million dollars.

Dolphin Tale stars Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.

The 3D reissue of 1994's The Lion King has taken in 61.7 million dollars since opening the previous weekend to a much bigger audience than expected.

That is on top of nearly 800 million dollars worldwide the movie made in its original run and a 2002 re-release.

The film has done so well that Disney plans to leave it in cinemas longer than the two-week run the studio initially planned as a prelude to its Blu-ray home-video debut October 4, said Dave Hollis, Disney's head of distribution.

The studio has not yet decided how long or how widely the film would play theatrically after the Blu-ray release, Hollis said.

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