A Dolphin swims past the newbies at the Box Office

Last week, it was a lion on top and this week a dolphin swims past the competition as the animals continue to rule the box office. Rising to the top in its second week, the family film A Dolphin Tale took in $14.2 million edging out as similarly strong second week for Brad Pitt’s Moneyball which landed $12.5 million. Both films are headed for nice runs in the weeks ahead. The pushed the Lion King re-release into third with $11.1 million and a total of $79.7 million (and over $400 million including its original release in 1994)… All the good news for those holdovers meant the newbies struggled in their first frames. Faring best was the well reviewed cancer dramedy 50/50 with Joseph Gordon Levitt (who will merit strong awards consideration with this perf) and Seth Rogan which pulled in $8.9 million. Hopefully good reviews and audience reaction will benefit it’s run in theatres. Opening in fifth was a film I never saw one ad or commercial for, the faith-based drama Courageous which took in $8.8 million just ahead of the debuting bombs Dream House and What’s Your Number?  Take a look at all of the numbers below and for more info, head to Box Office Mojo here.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 3 Dolphin Tale WB $14,245,000 -25.6% 3,515 +8 $4,053 $37,516,000 $37 2
2 2 Moneyball Sony $12,500,000 -35.9% 2,993 – $4,176 $38,469,000 $50 2
3 1 The Lion King (in 3D) BV $11,057,000 -49.6% 2,340 +10 $4,725 $79,652,000 – 3
4 N 50/50 Sum. $8,858,000 – 2,458 – $3,604 $8,858,000 $8 1
5 N Courageous TriS $8,800,000 – 1,161 – $7,580 $8,800,000 $2 1
6 N Dream House Uni. $8,209,000 – 2,661 – $3,085 $8,209,000 – 1
7 4 Abduction LGF $5,650,000 -48.3% 3,118 – $1,812 $19,139,000 $35 2
8 N What’s Your Number? Fox $5,600,000 – 3,002 – $1,865 $5,600,000 – 1
9 6 Contagion WB $5,040,000 -40.4% 2,744 -392 $1,837 $64,702,000 $60 4
10 5 Killer Elite ORF $4,855,000 -48.1% 2,986 – $1,626 $17,439,000 $70 2

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