The Lion King chases off U.S. box office competition

Brad Pitt’s baseball drama Moneyball slid into second place with an impressive opening of $20.6 million (£12.9 million), narrowly beating Morgan Freeman’s family movie Dolphin Tale, which came in a close third with takings of $20.3 million (£12.7 million).

Taylor Lautner’s new action movie Abduction ($11.2 million/£7 million) came in at four and Robert De Niro’s thriller Killer Elite ($9.5 million/£5.9 million) rounded out the top five.