'The Lion King 3D' Fends Off Four Newcomers; 'Moneyball' and 'Dolphin Tale' Open Strong

on September 25, 2011 by Phil Contrino

The Lion King 3D has delivered a monster sophomore frame. Disney's animated flick easily fended off four newcomers in order to claim the top spot for the second weekend in a row. This bodes very well for the film's Bu-ray release on October 4.

Moneyball finished first among newcomers. Moviegoers are clearly in agreement with critics this time around. For proof, look no further than the impressive 91% approval rating from nearly 15,000 Flixster users. The baseball flick has also earned solid A CinemaScore ratings from both men and women. Sony is reporting that 51% of the audience was male, and 64% was over 35.

Dolphin Tale is not far behind Moneyball, and it's possible that it could move ahead when actuals are released tomorrow. More than 8,000 Flixster users have combined to give the inspirational drama an 81% approval rating.

Abduction rebounded in a big way on Saturday. Unfortunately, word of moth is weak. Lionsgate's action flick currently has a combined 55% approval rating from more than 16,000 Flixster users. The overall CinemaScore is a B-, with females under 18 giving it an A-.

Killer Elite, the first release from Open Road, is off to a slow start. The action flick fell short of matching even The Mechanic's $11.4 million debut, showing once again that star Jason Statham has a limited appeal when it comes to opening a film. Word of mouth is mediocre: nearly 12,000 Flixster users have combined to give it a 60% approval rating.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: The Lion King 3D, Killer Elite, Abduction, Moneyball, Dolphin Tale

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