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Lion King Retains Box Office Crown

For the second week in a row a 17-year-old movie beat out all new movies at the U.S. box office.

For the second week in a row a 17-year-old movie beat out all new movies at the U.S. box office. For the weekend of Sept. 23-25, 2011, THE LION KING roared to the tune of $22.1 million. The 3-D version has now made $61.7 million.

Sony's MONEYBALL debuted in second with $20.6 million. Rhythm and Hues provided the vfx for the baseball biz flick.

Warner Bros.' DOLPHIN TALE was just edged out for the second spot to come in third. The inspirational family tale earned $20.3 million.

Lionsgate's ABDUCTION kidnapped the fourth slot with $11.2 million. Asylum VFX, Kerner Optical, Method Studios and The Third Floor provided vfx for the John Singleton actioner.

Open Road Films' KILLER ELITE premiered in fifth, bringing in $9.5 million. The assassin tale has visual effects from Comen VFX, Dragon Digital Intermediate, Iloura and The Senate Visual Effects.

Warner Bros.' CONTAGION succumbed to the infection of newcomers to finish in sixth. With vfx from Method Studios, the worldwide outbreak drama added $8.57 million to its $57.1 million cume.

FilmDistrict's DRIVE parked in seventh, making another $5.77 million. The get-away man actioner has a cume of $21.4 million.

Disney's THE HELP arrived in eighth with $4.4 million. The hit drama has a cume of $154.4 million.

Screen Gems' STRAW DOGS barked up $2.1 million in ninth. The bloody remake has earned $8.88 million thus far.

The Weinstein Co.'s romcom I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT closed out the top ten with $2.05 million. The Sarah Jessica Parker starrer has a cume of $8.02 million.

Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.

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