lion king 3d Box Office: Even Brad Pitt can't take 'The Lion King's' crownIt’s the circle of life.

Friday box office estimates showed Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball” in the lead, but after Saturday matinees were factored in, “The Lion King’s” 3-D re-release took back the crown and came in at No. 1 for the weekend with $22,130,000 in its second week. “Moneyball” was in second place, earning $20,600,000.

Warner Bros. feel-good family film “Dolphin Tale” was a very close third place with $20,260,000, trouncing the Taylor Lautner led thriller “Abduction,” which only made $11,200,000. Guess this weekend’s movie-goers were Team Edward.

Coming in at No. 5 in its first week in theaters was Open Roads Studio’s assassin thriller “Killer Elite,” with an all-star cast of Jason Statham, Robert DeNiro, Clive Owen, Yvonne Strahovski, and Dominic Purcell.

The rest of the weekend’s Top 12 is below, with the Friday/Saturday/Sunday total followed by the total gross.

1. THE LION KING 3D         $22,130,000         $61,676,000
2. MONEYBALL                $20,600,000         $20,600,000
3. DOLPHIN TALE            $20,260,000         $20,260,000
4. ABDUCTION                 $11,200,000         $11,200,000
5. KILLER ELITE               $9,500,000           $9,500,000
6. CONTAGION                 $8,565,000           $57,122,000
7. DRIVE                             $5,771,107           $21,424,482
8. THE HELP                      $4,400,000           $154,444,000
9. STRAW DOGS               $2,100,000           $8,884,000
10. I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT          $2,053,000         $8,019,000
11. THE DEBT                      $1,288,598            $29,000,000
12. KEVIN HART: LAUGH AT MY PAIN           $1,225,000         $5,260,000

Posted by:Carina MacKenzie