FROM MTV MOVIES: Simba and company partied like it was 1994 at the box office over the weekend as “The Lion King” remained #1 for the second weekend in a row. The 3-D re-release beat back competition from four wide releases while hauling in another $22.1 million, according to studio estimates.
All four of the other movies in the weekend’s top five were new releases, but none had the strength to topple the legendary Disney animated film, which has grossed $61.7 million domestically in its 3-D format alone.
Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball” and the kid-friendly “Dolphin Tale” were in close competition for the #2 spot, while Taylor Lautner’s “Abduction” (which has been savaged by film critics) and the action-centric “Killer Elite” (also not a critical darling) both failed to generate much excitement.
“Moneyball” was still just barely ahead of “Dolphin Tale” at press time. The baseball-centered flick has done well with critics, according to film review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, where it has a 94 percent critical average. The movie took in $20.6 million, just $340,000 more than “Dolphin Tale.”