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Dolphin Tale splashes to US box office top spot

Dolphin Tale

Story by Jack Foley

FAMILY film Dolphin Tale has landed at the top of the US box office in its second week of release, displacing Disney’s The Lion King 3D.

The Warner Bros film took an estimated $14.2 million having only moderately dropped off in its second frame.

The Lion King slipped from first to third, with a further $11.1 million, while Brad Pitt’s sports drama Moneyball also performed well in its second week to take second spot with $12.5 million.

All three films performed considerably better than the four main newcomers, who didn’t enjoy the best of times in their debut runs.

Leading the newbies was faith-based film Courageous, which almost beat Joseph Gordon-Levitt-Seth Rogen cancer dramedy 50/50, and firmly beat Anna Faris-Chris Evans R-rated comedy What’s Your Number? and Daniel Craig-Rachel Weisz horror pic Dream House.

50/50 look to have just edged Courageous by taking an estimated $8.9 million and fourth spot, although Courageous was right behind with $8.58 million and could well prevail once figures are finalised on Monday.

Dream House opened at No. 6 with $8.2 million, while What’s Your Number? took a disappointing eighth with a softer-than-expected $5.6 million.

In between those two new releases was Taylor Lautner’s Abduction, which fell a massive 48% in its second weekend to an estimated $5.7 million, indicating that life might be difficult for at least one of Twilight‘s stars after that franchise is finished.

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