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‘Dolphin’ Deposes ‘Lion’ With $14.2M To Grab No. 1

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Actress Cozi Zuehlsdorff arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Dolphin Tale' on September 17, 2011 in Westwood, California. (credit: Chris Weeks/Getty Images)

Actress Cozi Zuehlsdorff arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Dolphin Tale’ on September 17, 2011 in Westwood, California. (credit: Chris Weeks/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A dolphin has dethroned “The Lion King” at the weekend box office.

The Warner Bros. family film “Dolphin Tale” held up well with $14.2 million in its second weekend to take over at No. 1 from “The Lion King,” the Disney reissue that had been the top movie the previous two weekends.

Studio estimates Sunday showed “The Lion King” slipping to third-place with $11.1 million, just behind Sony’s Brad Pitt baseball tale “Moneyball,” which was No. 2 in its second weekend with $12.5 million.

The three holdover films held off a rush of new wide releases. In a photo finish for the No. 4 spot were Summit Entertainment’s cancer comic drama “50/50,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, with $8.85 million and Sony’s Christian-themed police drama “Courageous” with $8.8 million.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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