Disney's redux of "The Lion King" was crowned box office winner for a second straight week, with an estimated haul of $22.
Disney's new 3D version of the classic animated film now has a two-week domestic take of $61.7 million, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
Brad Pitt baseball drama "Moneyball" about a Major League team vying for glory despite its puny purse, came in second place with $20.6 million in tickets sold.
Third place went to "Dolphin Tale" a family film about a dolphin's long-shot survival after an accident that caused his tail to be amputated. The movie was expected to earn bout $20.3 million weekend.
Action picture "Abduction" debuted in fourth place with $11.2 million, while another new movie, "Killer Elite" opened in fifth, earning $9.5 million.
In sixth place was the Steven Soderbergh thriller "Contagion" about a team of doctors attempting to track and contain a deadly pandemic. It earned $8.6 million, for a three-week total $57.1 million.
Seventh place went to "Drive" about a Hollywood stunt driver working as a heist getaway driver, which earned $5.8 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were "The Help"' which earned $4.4 million, "Straw Dogs" which netted $2.1 million, and "I Don't Know How She Does It" with $2 million.