Box office update: 'Moneyball' leads Friday with $3.9 million, but 'Dolphin Tale' should win weekend

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Brad Pitt’s baseball drama Moneyball scored with audiences once again yesterday, dipping 42 percent from its debut last Friday to $3.9 million, leading all films at the U.S. box office. The film will earn about $13 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period and lift its total to almost $40 million.

In second place on Friday was Warner Brothers’ 3D flick Dolphin Tale, which earned a strong $3.5 million. Given its huge family appeal, Dolphin Tale should get a big bump on Saturday and Sunday, and it will likely surpass Moneyball to win the weekend with $14 million. The Lion King 3D, which came in third place with $3.3 million, could pass Moneyball as well, though it will probably finish somewhere in the $13 million range.

Sherwood Pictures’ Courageous, a Christian-based film about four police officers, came in fourth place. Courageous grossed $3.1 million on its first day, more than enough to cover its tiny $2 million budget. Thanks to post-church crowds, Courageous should see a slighter dip than most films on Sunday, and it may finish the weekend with $9.5 million in just 1,161 theaters.

The weekend’s other three newcomers filled up the next three spots on the chart. 50/50 found $2.9 million and could earn $8.5 million this frame. Dream House scared up $2.7 million, and it may find $7.5 million overall. What’s Your Number? only managed $2.1 million, and its headed for about $5.5 million debut.

Check back tomorrow for the full weekend report.

1. Moneyball – $3.9 mil
2. Dolphin Tale – $3.5 mil
3. The Lion King 3D – $3.3 mil
4. Courageous – $3.1 mil
5. 50/50 – $2.9 mil
6. Dream House – $2.7 mil
7. What’s Your Number? – $2.1 mil

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  • Person

    I’m really looking forward to see Moneyball and 50/50. I should probably see them this weekend before they disappear (Drive left theaters so fast!)

    • Tuna

      I am surprissed that Saccharine Crap like Dolhin Tale is doing so well, starting to agree with LOL (except for the Fast Five part), but with this movie doing so well I think America really does love crap!

      • Cameron J

        Somehow I doubt you have even bothered to see any of the crap movies. I would have to say your decrying of the movies you shun is little more than a witless, unfounded assumption against anything that is received by the masses. How sad.

      • Tuna

        Do not confuse me with LOL, I happened to take my 12 yr old Nephew to see Dolphin Tale and we were both utterly bored by it, I was remarking on one movie, that I hapened to think is Crap, I think I have that right!…I also happened to love Drive, Moneyball, and Horrible Bosses!

      • LOL

        Thanks Tuna, it’s nice to know that my hard work is starting to pay off, and I am getting through to people.

      • Tuna

        @LOL…the difference is you think EVERY movie that does not star Vin Diesel is crap, I just thought the Dolphin one was..loved Moneyball and Horrible Bosses among others!

      • LOL

        I don’t love every Vin Diesel film, I didn’t like The Pacifier, for example. I will even grant that most of his films aren’t on the level of Fast Five, a truly brilliant, thought provoking film. But that’s a once in a generation film, I don’t expect all movies to live up to it. What I do expect is Hollywood to at least do their best to make something at least half as good. I won’t go into my feelings about the other movies you mentioned, but I am happy that you are starting to come around to the degree that you have. It shows that there is hope, and I’m not just tilting at windmills.

      • JarJar Chinks

        Why are the comments on this board so racist?? I blame the wetbacks and spearchuckers.

      • Din Viesel

        I love love LOVE me some Fast Five!! Can’t wait til it comes out next week on BluRay!! I am gonna have to buy 2 copies because I’ll wear the first one out. When The Rock and Vin go out, oh man! You know they both lifted weights and got really pumped up for like 40 minutes before they filmed those scenes. Seriously, The Rock has never looked bigger! His arms were freakin HUGE!! He looked like he was gonna bust out of his shirt everytime he showed up, which would be alright with me for sure!! Fast Five was the best movie in the series AND the best movie of the year so far! All you hater stop giving LOL grief for talking the truth — you don’t like it, then go see subpar Fast Five ripoffs like Drive and The Help (which had a disappointing lack of car chases, tho Ron Howard’s daughter drove her car really fast that one time when she found out that chick wrote about her eating Minnie crap). Can’t wait for Fast Six!!!

      • LOL

        America loves Craps.

        Craps is a dice game in which players place wagers on the outcome of the roll, or a series of rolls, of a pair of dice. Players may wager money against each other or a bank. Because it requires little equipment, street craps can be played in informal settings.

  • Sean Benn

    Bunraku and Margaret should have been released years ago and it is a disgrace that not only have they been needlessly delayed but they are both only getting a limited release. They both have stellar casts (Bunraku – Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson) (Margaret – Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Allison Janney, Jean Reno) and shouldn’t go unnoticed by the public when they finally come out.

    • J

      You might want to hop on over to rottentomatoes.com and see where those films currently sit on the tomatoemeter. Sounds like most critics agree they both should have stayed on the self. Be happy they got released at all.

      • J

        *shelf

      • Troll alert

        You’re responding to a troll.. keeps posting the same thing over and over again on other sites and articles

    • Tuna

      yeah they do it every week trying to get under the Radar movies noticed, very sad!

  • Kyle

    I’m very surprised that 50/50 is doing this bad considering that it looked very good, had great reviews, and top notch cast. Planning on watching it tonight, good for Courageous though. I wonder if Moneyball will be the first movie to lead 2 fridays in a row and still lose the weekend??

    • Woot

      The theater I saw 50/50 in last night was nearly packed to capacity. Surprised it isn’t doing so well. It was really great!

      • LOL

        50/50 is complete crap!

      • Spoily McSpoils

        He dies in the end.

      • stinky poo

        @Spoily McSpoils …we all die in the end!

      • LOL

        But also… America loves Crape Myrtle Trees.

        Lagerstroemia, commonly known as Crape myrtle or Crepe myrtle, is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs native to the Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, northern Australia and parts of Oceania, cultivated in warmer climates around the world. It is a member of the Lythraceae, which is also known as the Loosestrife family. The genus is named after the Swedish merchant Magnus von Lagerström, who supplied Carolus Linnaeus with plants he collected.

    • Kyle

      I just got back from 50/50 it was really good I loved it but I think 50/50 had more of an emotional level then Funny People. If you liked Funny People then you will LOVE 50/50
      @LOL America Hates YOU!!!!
      @ Spoily McStupid Ass America hates people who spoil films :)

  • Kragen

    I am fed up with the gorgeous and talented Bryce Dallas Howard always playing villains now and being typecast after her roles in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Help and 50/50.

    • Chaos…reigns

      It was Jessica Chastain in The Help. Just watch Manderlay

      • gator

        Bryce Dallas Howard was also in “The Help”!

    • lucy

      Did she really eat sh*t pie in The Help?

  • LOL

    America loves crap.

    • LOL

      America will love it if I go back under my bridge.

      • LOL

        Ain’t gonna happen.

      • LOL

        America also loves crapo.

        Crapo is a word in the language of creole, spoken by primarily those from the West Indies. Crapo means frog, or small lizard. Can also be used as a calling name.

    • LOL

      However, America does have an opportunity for redemption this week. AMC is showing Fast Five on IMAX screens for seven days. Show Hollywood that you do want quality, thought provoking films, and not the crap they have pooped out since Fast Five left theatres. Please America, it’s up to you!

    • Mr Eko

      One day LOL will wake up and realize just how pathetic his life has become in that he spends all day waiting to post the same stupid, insipid comment just to keep up appearances. And when that day comes, I will LOL

      • LOL

        Believe me, I want nothing more than to be able to stop posting about this. The truth isn’t always easy to hear, and doesn’t always make you popular. America will thank me one day for my tough love. They have a chance at redemption with Fast Five back in theatres, I’m pulling for them, but after the dismal summer of crap they made number one, I have a feeling my work has just begun.

      • Friggin Joke

        @LOL..then stop being the problem and start being the solution figure out who all the other LOL’s are on here, (since you all think you can do better then what is being released in theaters), pull your money together and make your own movie, so we can turn around and call it CRAP!

      • LOL

        I have never said I could make a better movie, but I know crap when I see it. Hollywood has proven they are capable of making a quality film with Fast Five, all I’m saying is that they should make more movies even half as good as that film. Holding Hollywood (and my fellow Americans) accountable is being part of the solution. Hopefully you will thank me one day.

      • LOL

        America loves a crapwagon.

        Crapwagon:

        1) Inferior vehicles piloted at Indy Racing League races.
        2) A vehicle that permit only left turns.
        3) Of or pertaining to the Indy Racing League

  • Jose

    I’m surprised at how mediocre 50/50 is doing.
    I mean its currently one of the best reviewed comedies of the year, and WOM from advanced screenings were great. Why isn’t it doing better?
    It reminds me of Warrior.

    And I saw Moneyball, it was ok, wasn’t impressed though.

    • ryan

      @Jose, you did not like Moneyball but loved 50/50?…you cannot be taken seriously then!

    • Jose

      I didn’t even see 50/50, I was posting thoughts on the box office expections on it.

      Where did I post that I loved the movies? It has a 92% rottentomatoe score (Moneyball has a 95%, so it sounds understandable that one would like both or one over the other).

  • ehh

    I saw 50/50 a couple years ago when it was called “Funny People” alsio starring Seth Rogan and that flopped too!…@Jose so it reminds you of Warrior in the way that they are both flops!

    • Jose

      In the way that they got great reviews and great reception from early screenings yet are underwhelming at the box office.
      So pretty much, but I assume that 50/50 won’t be that big a flop. Warrior hasn’t made its money back yet, I think 50/50 will.

      • Jose is a d bag

        Jose I am sick of your know it all attitude, you know squat..go away!!!

    • tim

      Face it 50/50 is a flop, pretty sad when a film like Courageous with no budget and is in half the theatres beats a heavily promoted star vehicle like 50/50!…stop trying to spin things your way Jose!

      • Broseph

        50/50 is hardly a flop. It’s on track to earn back its production budget, none of the stars are proven openers (I’d argue its biggest name is Seth Rogen, and his usual audience is certainly not the target for this one), and it’s being released by Summit, who have no real marketing clout outside of the Twilight franchise (which has a built-in audience anyway).
        In any case, it’s aiming at older audiences who don’t usually run out and catch movies on opening weekend. If the word-of-mouth is good, then it could earn quite a bit more.

      • Jose

        I’d love to hear how what I was posting is spinning.

      • Tim

        People were saying the same thing about word of mouth with Warrior, and that never happened!

    • Woot

      Funny People was awful and completely different than 50/50. 50/50 is actually a good movie…

      • tim

        what do you work for the studio?…another plant!

      • LOL

        50/50 is 100 percent crap!

      • LOL

        America loves doing the crapbox.

        To take a dump in a bathroom without opening windows, turning on the ventilation fan, or providing any other way to let the smell out. Makes the entire immediate area smell like crap. Works very effectively in dormitory suites.

      • Jose

        So basically leaving your opinions on a movie that you enjoyed makes you a plant?
        And you never answered my question Tim, if the previous comment you made was it then that’s a ridiculous excuse.

        I was posting some thoughts I was having, you were being a d-bag for responding that way towards them.

  • LOL

    i’m gay

    • tim

      so what!

      • LOL

        Gay, straight, I don’t believe in labels when it comes to matters of the heart.

    • george

      no kidding

    • LOL

      Even if I was gay, which you can’t really qualify me as gay as I am obviously multiple people, what would that matter? It would not make me any lesser of a person. If you are going to try to insult me, at least do it right.

    • @LOL

      No wonder you love “Fast Five.” Vin Diesel is your one true love.

      • LOL

        @@LOL

        America loves Craphonso Thorpe!

        Craphonso Ja’won “Cro” Thorpe (born June 27, 1983 in Tallahassee, Florida) is an American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

  • george

    america loves crap got old a llllong time ago…ssso repetitive.. day in day out

    • LOL

      I’m not doing it for my health, it’s all for your benefit. I hope one day you will appreciate all my hard work.

      • Thank You LOL

        Some of us already do.

      • Friggin Joke

        so we are supposed to appreciate the same 3 words being spamed every week, and being told what we should like and not like, that is helping us?,,well thank you Adolph “LOL” Hitler!

      • LOL

        You will thank me one day.

      • gator

        yes for repeating the phraise “America loves crap’ over and over again, I will thank you in the same way I would thank a bad case of diarrhea thing is I can take Pepto Bismol to get rid of that!…NOTHING GETS RID OF YOU!

      • LOL

        Yeah, well, America loves crap.

      • Tuna

        I think LOL just needs to take a massive crap!

      • LOL

        America knows I’m Crapzilla.

        Crapzilla: Being or having to do with crap of gargantuan proportions.

        “Matrix: Revolutions was crapzilla.”

  • LOL IS CRAP

    LOL is Crap

    • LOL

      No I’m not.

    • LOL

      You know… you will all thank me one day. I keep letting you all know how much America loves crap and soon it will sink in. This is hard on me because it seems that one I’m doing isn’t being appreciated. And here I am slaving away in front of this computer just waiting for EW to post new articles so I can spread the good word over and over. I’m missing my nephew’s birthday, I don’t have the time to go out to eat, I can’t find the love of my life… because I’m here, serving you. I just want to go outside… but I know that I need to be here, doing this. Because I love you all… almost as much as America does crap. Help me I’m lonely.

  • jfms777

    Few people watch the very fine “The Big C.” If people do not watch a tv show about cancer, what makes anyone think anyone would want to pay for a movie ticket to watch a dramady about cancer? It will do fine on DVD.

    • Tuna

      you are Right Cancer does not play well on the big Screen, the last movie in theaters that made any money dealing with Cacer was “Terms Of Endearment” all trhe way back in 1983 …(but I could be wrong..lol)…50/50 will play fine on a TV screen!

      • jody

        Yeah, you are definately wrong. Just off the top of my head there was Step Mom, Dying Young (both with Julia Roberts), Beaches, Phenomenon, and even Forrest Gump (Sally Field died of cancer in it). I’m sure there are others.

      • Tuna

        well Forrest Gump was not about Cancer (very small part”) and of the other movies you mentioned the only one that made any money was Beaches, Dying Youung was a very big flop!…so I guess I was wrong to a degree but mentioning every movie that was ever made about cancer since “Terms” does not mean that they were moneymakers!

      • jody

        You didn’t say anything about movies that were about cancer, you said dealing with cancer. I would say Sally Field playing one of the main characters that gets cancer and dies in the movie is dealing with cancer. I think Dying Young made money, and I know Step Mom and Phenomenon did. So yeah, you were wrong.

      • tbh

        Forest Gump didn’t ‘deal with cancer’ it was a tiny tiny part of the movie and the fact that she died of cancer was mentioned once. The whole thing took up maybe 5 minutes of screen time. Cancer is not a money maker at the movie theater, unsurprisingly. That’s all Tuna was pointing out and he/she wasn’t wrong. I’m sure 50/50 will do just fine on DVD and TV.

      • jody

        Tuna even said she might be wrong, I just pointed out that she was.

      • Tuna

        @jody “dealing with” and “about” are the same thing, or at least close enough, “Forrest Gump” has about as much to do with cancer as does with Shrimp or Chocolate, honestly I remembered Sally Field character died, but I thought it was just of old age, cancer was never really brought up as an issue, like say it was in ‘Dying Young” which again was a epic failure at the box-office!..you bringing that movie up just proved my point!

      • Tuna

        Dying Young only made $19,253,000 at the Box office on a 30 million dollar budget, that would qualify as a flop!

      • jody

        “Dealing with” and “about” are not the same thing…at all! Forrest Gump dealt with cancer, the main characters mother, played by Sally Field, died of cancer in the movie, so yes, it dealt with cancer. Even if we discount that one and Dying Young, Step Mom, Beaches and Phenomonon did well at the box office. You were wrong. Period. End of story. I don’t know why you’re jumping through all these hoops when you admitted in your first post that you might be wrong. You most certainly were wrong, and all I did was point that out.

      • Tuna

        just you saying it. does not make it true, you idiot!..Dying Young did not make Money!…look it up you loon, Forrest Gump was not about nor did it deal with cancer, she could have died from anything it would not have mattered..you are wrong you stupid stupid stupid person!

      • jody

        Calling me names doesn’t make you any less wrong. The fact is, several films came out after Terms that dealt with cancer, and they were successful. I don’t know why you’re being so weird about it, so you were wrong, big deal.

      • jody

        Hey, I just looked up Dying Young, and it did lose money. I was wrong.
        See how freaking easy that was, just to admit that you were wrong about something, as you clearly are about no movies dealing with cancer being successful after Terms came out. Sheesh!

      • Tuna

        look from the get go I said I might be wrong and admited that you were right about Beaches, don’t know why you cannot admit you were wrong about Dying Young and Forrest Gump, I hate people like you that cannot admit that they made a mistake, by picking at things like what “About” and Dealing With” mean..look up the boxoffice report for Dying Young it was not a money maker, I feel like you are the one that is being weird!…you were wrong no big deal!

      • jody

        You’re one weird chick, lol.
        Yes, you did say that you could be wrong, and I pointed out that you were, and cited the movies. I was wrong about one of those, which is no big deal to me. For some reason you’ve been acting like you would get cancer if you just admitted you were wrong, as you so clearly are. Then you started name calling, now you say you hate me. Well, I won’t call you names, and I don’t hate you. You just got something wrong on a message board, it’s no biggie, happens all the time. Just relax and take a chill pill.

      • Tuna

        first off I am not a chick!, second you were wrong about more then one, Dying Young, Forrest Gump, and I would not consider Phenomenon a cancer movie either, my original point is that cancer movies do not make money at the boxoffice, at least not recently, so if I concede that Stepmom did make money, that was still 13 years ago!..and before you bring up One True Thing, Funny People, or My Sister’s Keeper, they all bombed at the boxoffice!…and lastly I never said I hated you as a person, I don’t know you!…just hated the way you were commenting nonsense!

      • jody

        Yes, I admitted I was wrong about Dying Young, don’t know why you’re still on that. Forrest Gump did deal with cancer, the main character’s mother died from it in the movie. I know you later changed it to “about” but I was going by your original post, so Phenomenon would count under “dealing with” as well. Even if I only came up with one movie that was successful since Terms, that still means you were wrong. I don’t know why you’re mentioning movies I haven’t brought up. I wasn’t commenting nonsense, some of your backtracking came close to that, but maybe you were just having a bad weekend. So no hard feelings on my part. Oh, and sorry for mistaking you for a chick, see, I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong ;)

      • radiwarsx

        Why don’t you two get a room already?

  • m1

    The existence of LOL on this site is sheer proof that EW does not have any comment moderators.

    • LOL

      I just post my opinion on the current state of film. Believe it or not, that is allowed even if you hold a different opinion. Crazy, I know.

      • Korey

        LOL, besides Fast Five, what other movies have you actually paid to see in the theater? Just curious.

      • LOL

        I saw Transformers 3. I feel like it was actually hazardous to my health because it made me want to burn things.

    • LOL

      @m1 And you know I’m not stopping right? I mean, what else am I going to do with my days, night, & life. I want y’all to know just how much America loves crap. But seriously… who wants to Skype?

  • dee dee1

    Moneyball was a great movie, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill were teriffic in it. I hope Brad gets an oscar nod for this one. He’s wonderful in it.

    • Melaswen

      I hope he gets one just to send Saint Jen lovers lovers over the edge.

  • LMAO

    America loves Moneyball. Most of these others are crap. Drive is worth seeing. America gets what it deserves if it doesn’t support good films.

  • FUNNY

    50/50 should have been number 1.

    • stinky poo

      I saw it and felt more like a NUMBER 2 in my pants!

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