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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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Underdog 'Dolphin Tale' Predicted to Steal Weekend Box Office

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The online movie ticket site is usually a good predictor of what will be big at the box office any given weekend. And the top ticket seller leading into Friday? Dolphin Tale!

The 3D movie about a dolphin in need of a new tail was a surprise success last weekend, coming in third, just behind the Brad Pitt movie Moneyball and not too far off from 3D reissue of The Lion King. Director Charles Martin Smith told ABC News Radio that he didn't expect to do that well, and he hopes the success continues.   

"It is tough, it's very very tough...last weekend was surprising because of the other films that were out against us, and still, how many people really wanted to see Dolphin Tale. I think I was reading that this was like one of the, for this time in September, this was like the most successful weekend at the box office. Not bad."

And he had no problem going against an old Hollywood saying that you never work with children or animals.   

"No problems with any of them...they were fantastic," he said. "The kids, the dolphins. The thing about shooting Winter, the dolphin, was of course that we were working around her schedule. And if there were days that she didn't feel like being in the movie, then we'd go shoot something else. So, we had to stay flexible with the shooting schedule. Her well-being was our main concern. And the kids were great. They were ready to do any scene at any time, and cheerful and wonderful actors."

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'Moneyball,' 'Dolphin Tale,' 'Abduction' and 'Killer Elite' Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Moneyball: In this baseball drama, based on the best-selling book of the same name and set in 2002, Brad Pitt portrays Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who built a winning team by using statistical analysis to acquire undervalued players.  Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt and Robin Wright also star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Dolphin Tale: A marine biologist, a prosthetics doctor and a young boy work together to nurse a dolphin whose tail was damaged in a crab trap.  The film, based on a true story, is screening in 3D.  Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., and Kris Kristofferson star.  Rated PG.

-- Abduction: Taylor Lautner's Nathan is chased by killers as he tries to discover his true identity.  Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina and Maria Bello star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Killer Elite: An ex-special ops agent teams with his mentor to take down the leader of a military society.  Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Yvonne Strahovski star.  Rated R.

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