Dolphin Tale managed to slip to first place after some underwhelming new movies couldn’t even reach the top 3 during the weekend. Neither Courageous, 50/50, Dream House or What’s Your Number? were strong enough to make a difference. Anyway, the order and numbers are right after the break.
Dolphin Tale fell only 27.4% from a week ago for a $13.9 million weekend, surprisingly, just enough for the number one spot. The Warner Bros. family flick is now at $37.8 million after 11 days. In 2nd place, Moneyball grabbed $12 million and stands at $38.8 million after 11 days. So while Dolphin Tale was stronger over the weekend, Moneyball has the upper hand on weekdays. It’s going to be a tough call trying to name which of these two that will end up with more green. Puss in Boots might take a hit on Dolphin Tale in 3 weeks so Moneyball could make a run for it then.
3rd place belongs to The Lion King 3D with $10.6 million for $79.7 million in this run and a whopping $408.3 million overall in North America. Thanks to this incredible 3D box office run, The Lion King is now back in the all time US Top 10. No surprise that Disney announced they will also re-release 4 other classics in 3D.
Courageous is the first new release from last weekend and probably the most successful with a $9 million opening weekend for a movie that cost just $2 million to make. Impressive enough was also 50/50 with an $8.6 million opening on an $8 million budget. It’s a given that neither of this two movies will lose money for their respective studios, so while numbers where underwhelming, the bottom line is what counts.
Dream House in 6th is probably the biggest flop of the newcomers with an $8.2 million opening for a $50 million flick. Daniel Craig doesn’t seem to be able to shake his bad luck streak at the box office outside of the Bond franchise.
Abduction was a decent 7th place with $5.6 million for $19.4 million in 11 days while the last wide newcomer, What’s Your Number?, was 8th with a $5.4 million opening weekend. On a $20 million budget it won’t be easy for this movie to break even at the box office.