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Dolphin Tale a surprise hit at the top of the U.S. box office

The surprise hit, about a dolphin with a prosthetic fin, has netted over $37 million (£23.1 million) in 10 days – more than most film pundits expected the Harry Connick, Jr. movie to make in its entire run.

With takings of over $14 million (£8.75 million) from its second weekend on release, the film toppled The Lion King 3D and stepped ahead of Brad Pitt’s baseball drama Moneyball to claim the top spot.

Cancer comedy 50/50 landed the highest debut at four with $8.8 million (£5.5 million).

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Newlyweds Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz’s new thriller, Dream House, suffered from a lack of reviews and a delayed release. The film, which brought the couple together, opened in sixth place with a lacklustre $8.2 million (£5.1 million).

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