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'Dolphin Tale' Tops Box Office with $14.2 Million

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dolphin Tale caught The Lion King by the tail over the weekend to become the new box office champ.

In its second week of release, Dolphin Tale earned an estimated $14.2 million to claim the top spot.  It opened in third place last week.  

Moneyball ended the weekend as the runner-up, raising $12.5 million.  The Lion King, which topped the box office the previous two weekends, fell to third place, with $11.1 million.

50/50 had the most successful debut of the weekend, though that could change once the final box office totals are released Monday.  The comedy, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a cancer-stricken man, opened in fourth place, collecting $8.85 million dollars.

The faith-based drama Courageous was fifth, with $8.8 million; the thriller Dream House was sixth, with $8.2 million; and the Anna Faris comedy What's Your Number? was eighth, with $5.6 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

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

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