Box office report: 'Dolphin Tale' jumps into first with $14.2 million; 'Lion King' now 10th highest-grossing film of all time

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The Lion King finally gave up his box office throne, and now another animal reigns supreme!

After its solid $19.2 million debut last weekend, Warner Brothers’ 3D family film Dolphin Tale jumped into first place this time around, dipping just 27 percent to $14.2 million. The film, which earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade, is playing very well to families, and it should continue to enjoy small drops (which is a shame if you’re a pun-happy box office writer dying to use the word “dive!”) in the weeks to come. After ten days, Dolphin Tale, which cost $37 million to produce, has earned $37.5 million.

In second place was Brad Pitt’s baseball drama Moneyball, which held up nicely in its second weekend. Thanks to strong word-of-mouth, the film dropped by a slim 36 percent (against the start of the MLB playoffs) to $12.5 million, lifting its total to $38.5 million after two weekends. Moneyball is on track to finish in the same range as Disney’s 2002 baseball hit, The Rookie, which earned $75.6 million.

the-lion-king

Speaking of old Disney hits, there’s another one in third place: The Lion King 3D. The technologically enhanced re-release was only supposed to play in theaters for two weeks, but after performing so dominantly, Disney decided to extend its run—even though The Lion King gets released on Blu-ray this Tuesday. Thus, it’s not too surprising that The Lion King 3D was down a rather large 50 percent this weekend to $11.1 million—many audiences believed it would no longer be in theaters, and we are now just days away from its home market release.

Still, Disney’s not complaining—the film has racked up $79.7 million during this release, lifting The Lion King‘s lifetime domestic total (which also includes a 2002 IMAX run) to a roaring $408.2 million. That gross officially boosts The Lion King into the Top Ten on the all-time domestic box office chart, pushing Spider-Man (2002, $403.7 million) down to number 11. By this time next week, ninth place Toy Story 3 ($415.3 million) could be knocked down a peg as well.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen’s cancer dramedy 50/50 got off to an alright start in fourth place with $8.9 million this weekend. While that number certainly isn’t huge, (Summit’s President of domestic distribution, Richie Fay, told EW that Summit was hoping for an opening in the “low-teens”) the studio should be pleased that it actually got $8.9 million worth of ticket buyers to go see a film about cancer—those sorts of stories rarely get seen on the silver screen.

Also good for the studio is the fact that 50/50 cost just $8 million to make. If it can hold well in the upcoming weeks—and judging by its “A-” CinemaScore grade, it should—50/50 might just become a profitable little venture. Interestingly, a whopping 22 percent of 50/50‘s audience was between the ages of 25 and 30—Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s got that demographic on lockdown.

Courageous

Though it debuted in fifth place, Courageous is the real success story of the weekend. Produced for a tiny $2 million by Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA, Courageous earned a strong $8.8 million, outdoing the $6.8 million opening of Sherwood’s 2008 picture Fireproof, which became the highest-grossing independent film that year with $33.5 million total. Shown in 1,161 theaters (yet, notably, just one theater in Manhattan), Courageous earned the best per theater average of any wide release with a robust $7,580.

Courageous played primarily to older audiences (77 percent were above the age of 25), which was in accordance with distributor Sony’s advertising campaign which targeted adults and parents within the 25-54 demographic. Sony also focused on church groups, faith leaders,  men’s groups, as well as fathering organizations, yet the audience was 53 percent female. According to Sony’s exit polling, the film received an “A+” grade from audiences.

In sixth place was Daniel Craig’s latest non-Bond misfire, Dream House, which only mustered up $8.2 million over its opening weekend. The film, which also stars Craig’s wife, Rachel Weisz, garnered a discouraging $3,085 per theater average from 2,661 locations, and given its utterly dreadful reviews and lukewarm “B” CinemaScore grade, Dream House will likely disappear from theaters quickly. Neither distributor Universal nor producer Morgan Creek could provide EW with a budget for the film.

The weekend’s other newcomer, Fox’s $20 million What’s Your Number?, opened in eighth place with a paltry $5.6 million. Released in 3,002 theaters, the Anna Faris comedy had a wider debut and lower gross than any of the other new releases, and as a result, its per theater average was an anemic $1,865. The film earned a “B” from CinemaScore audiences.

In limited release news, Take Shelter, the creepy Michael Shannon/Jessica Chastain weather drama, earned a sunny $56,200 out of three theaters, while the oft-delayed Anna Paquin/Matt Damon picture Margaret struggled with only $7,500 from two locations. Also floundering was the unauthorized Sarah Palin documentary Sarah Palin – You Betcha!, which found a weak $7,400 in six theaters. It looks like the appeal of trying to take down Palin may be waning…

1. Dolphin Tale – $14.2 mil
2. Moneyball – $12.5 mil
3. The Lion King 3D – $11.1 mil
4. 50/50 – $8.9 mil
5. Courageous – $8.8 mil
6. Dream House – $8.2 mil
7. Abduction – $5.7 mil
8. What’s Your Number? – $5.6 mil
9. Contagion – $5.0 mil
10. Killer Elite – $4.9 mil

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  • Brandt

    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.

    • H

      On Friday the prediction from EW was that Courageous would have an $11 million weekend. Now it appears to be have had a weekend under $9 million and now EW is calling it “the real success story of the weekend.” Huh?

      • Grady Smith

        It was an ambitious prediction, and I admit I overestimated a bit. :D Still, Courageous could have earned $7 million, and even then it would be the success of the weekend—It cost almost nothing to make.

      • DeJesus

        Churches buy tickets for movies like this in bulk and go in groups to see them. A good portion of the audience was bored teenagers being forced to watch it by naive, but well meaning parents. The money is still green and spends just the same, but it’s not the same as people independtly choosing a movie to see. So not really that impressive.

      • Cameron J

        Gotta go with Grady here- think of it like selling dollar tree brooms for 5 bucks.

      • DeJesus

        It’s more like a company buying the brooms in bulk and handing them out to their employees. The bulk of the audience saw it for free because their church paid for it. In fact, we don’t know how many of those people really watched it, they could have used the free ticket to get in, and then watched a different movie.

      • Woot

        Grady, if you wanted to use the dive pun you could have said something like, “Dolphin Tale certainly didn’t take a dive this week…”

      • LOL

        America loves cheese

      • Keith1791

        DeJesus your comment is not true I have a 14 yr old and she and her friends were waiting for this movie to come out its all in how you are raised. She said it was awsome!!!!

      • DeJesus

        What I said is completely true. I’m sure there were people that saw it independently, but it didn’t crack the top 10 because your daughter and her friends went to see it. Tickets were bought in bulk by churches and given to their members, many went in groups to see it. Were there people that went independently, sure, but that wasn’t the majority of its audience. This is indisputable fact, and it’s not a knock against the film at all, it’s just what happened.

    • Tuna

      wow you spammed the same thing for the Friday artice, no one gives a Sh*t about Bryce!

  • LOL

    America loves crap.

    • Cameron J

      Sure, sure. Go back to bed. The mature people are talking.

      • LOL

        Yes, let us feed our dolphins and unicorns in peace.

    • Dolphin

      Ha Ha, I am the king of the boxoffice,BITE IT! Vin Diesel!

    • 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.

    • RealityCheck

      If that were true, people would love you.

  • Kyle

    WOW did not see Dolphin Tale winning this weekend. 50/50 was a great movie by the way. I really thought Moneyball was going to win this weekend.
    @LOL YOUR AN IDIOT AMERICA HATES YOU

    • LOL

      Yes, I realize that speaking truth doesn’t always make one popular, but I am prepared to accept being ostrasized because I know how important it is for this truth to be told. America loves crap.

      • Kyle

        did you even see Moneyball?? its not even crap

      • LOL

        Being “not even crap” is out new standard? Have we lowered the bar that much? If so this just proves my point, or at least helps be make a new variation of it: America settles for crap.

      • Kyle

        Moneyball is a great movie and I dont see why you keep comparing everything to Fast Five which dont get me wrong that was a fun movie really good but there are a lot of better movies then Fast Five. Also you never answered the question did you see Moneyball

      • LOL

        Fast Five is the best film of this century, perhaps of the last 50 years as well. I don’t expect all movies to rise to the excellence of Fast Five, but I do expect Hollywood to at least try and make a good movie instead of all the crap they pump into theatres.

      • Kyle

        LOL you need a fricken life

      • LOL

        Okay gomer kyle.

      • jaydee92

        LOL go away, seriously…or at least come up with something new other than “America loves crap” and creaming over Fast Five. Seriously, that movie wasn’t even that good. Fun, yes, good – not really.

      • LOL

        But Fast Five was the best Movie all year. Seriously.

      • 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.

      • Monty

        LOL, did you see SNL this weekend? There was a skit in there just for you!

      • LOL

        I don’t watch SNL, it’s been crap since the early 90’s.

    • Asha

      We saw 50/50 this afternoon and liked it very much. I laughed, I cried, I laughed while I cried. I love JGL and he did not disappoint. His performance was fantastic. There were swarms of children in the lobby when we got there all lining up to see Dolphin Tale. I’m not surprised it did so well. I hope 50/50 does better next weekend. It was really good and an interesting topic dealt with grace and humor.

    • LOL

      Ashe admit it 50/50 is a big load of cancerous crap!…u just want JGL in ya!

      • Dolphin

        THIS

  • America

    Mmmmm….mmmmmm….mmmmm….loving this crap, van we have some more?

    • James Bland

      Don’t know why they keep letting Daniel Craig make movies, everything he stars in, (other then James Bond0 , flops!!! . now add Dream House to the list!

      • L

        Bet Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won’t flop.

      • Craig Sucks!

        people will not be seeing that because of Daniel Craig, more in spite of him!…he cannot open a movie on his name alone, the book will be the draw!

      • LOL

        Daniel Craig is Crap!

      • Tim

        I would have to agree that Craig is a Tool!

      • Dolphin

        Man was I robbed.

    • 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

  • Its um

    “What’s your number?” doesn’t look all that funny, now the change-up had me choking with laughter. 50/50 looks good, I might go see that or money ball. Killer elite I’ll catch that on dvd.

    • giselle

      What’s your number was great! Anna Faris has great comedic timing!

  • Lars Johnson

    No, you cannot have anymore crap. There are some good movies out there. Not everything is crap.

    • LOL

      Fast Five is in rerelease this week, so I’ll grant you that there is something great out there. The others, all crap I am sad to say.

      • Greg

        Fast Fast is better than Star Wars.

  • LOL

    IF AMERICA LOVES CRAP, THEN I AM AMERICA!!!!

    • LOL

      That was uncalled for!

      • Cameron J

        That was perfectly called for. :D

      • LOL

        No it wasn’t.

    • LOL

      Cameron J is a Flaming Queen!

  • Lars Johnson

    There are actually good movies. Just look at the harry potter finale. That was NOT crap. And if you say it’s crap, i will track you down and shoot you with a machine gun

    • LOL

      Harry Potter=crap

      • LOL

        Oh, I’m sorry I misunderstood. Yes, Harry Potter is brilliant, and an exception to the America loves crap rule. Indeed, it is the exception that proves the rule.

      • LOL

        thats a lie, Harry Potter is indeed CRAP..7 big piles of CRAP!

      • Woot

        This demonstration of DID is really quite amazing.

      • LOL

        Okay okay, I’ve made up my mind. Harry Potter isn’t total crap. It’s better then that movie about the sparkly fairie vampires anyway. But there have been better movies made. Like Fast Five.

      • Harry

        Yeah something about me screams overrated

      • LOL

        DAMMIT NO!…HARRY POTTER IS CRAP…PERIOD!

      • 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.

  • Lars Johnson

    Point Proven

    • Brad Twit

      Anyone wanna see my Moneyballs?

  • Karl Bourbon

    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 now that they have finally been released.

    • Tuna

      stop spamming this crap, you Shill…no one else cares!

      • Jobby

        It is a very touching Bollywood film. I don’t know WHY nobody has heard about it before.

    • brado

      Josh hartnett stellar??!! LMAO

  • Troll alert

    Seriously people.. LOL is a troll.. He doesn’t even believe the garbage he spews.. It is those that respond to his idiotic “comments” that makes it worse.. Look, LOL is a poor sap, or most likely, a functional idiot. There’s nothing he can do about it, sad but true. But the rest of you are to blame for continuing feeding the troll… If his posts bother you so much, do what someone with a minimal level of intelligence would do, and ignore anything with the name LOL

    • LOL

      Speaking truth doesn’t make you a troll.

      • El Mexicano

        As I have said in the past it’s an opinion not the truth. To you LOL your statements are the gospel right? Well sorry to say that not everyone agrees with you. So don’t you think it’s time to give your “america loves crap” line a break? Because you will never be right…………………….sorry.

      • LOL

        You have said it in the past, and you were wrong in the past my enchilada loving friend. I speak truth, and one day you will not only agree, you will thank me.

      • El Mexicano

        My opinion can never be wrong, and I would never thank you for what I find entertaining. You on the other hand seem to think that your OPINION is the truth, and one day you will thank me for the correcting you, and you realizing that you were wrong.

      • Bob

        I’m not reading any “truth” here, only opinions. Only a fool thinks his or her opinions are the truth.

      • LOL

        I am trying to help you, if you don’t appreciate my truth telling, that is unfortunate, but ultimately irrelevant. I know the truth can be difficult to hear, and some will never accept it. I will suffer the slings and arrows, and America will one day thank me.

      • TROLOL

        so reapeating the same 3 words every week only serves to show what a joke you and your fellow LOL’s and sadly EW is for making this comment page all about your idiot remarks, this will be my one and only time responding to you, if more people ignored you, you would probably get bored and go away!

      • LOL

        Yeah, well, America loves crap. I just think everyone should know that. I know that hearing the truth can be upsetting when it’s something you don’t want to admit, but hopefully one day you will come to accept it, and then you will thank me.

      • God’s Honest Truth

        well how is saying America Loves Crap as a mantra over and over again going to help anyone, if that is how you feel do something about it!…if I yelled “Fire, Fire, Fire” then just sat there and watched the fire without doing anything, no one would thank me, they would just call me an idiot, which is what everyone is doing with you!

      • LOL

        I just call it like I see it.

      • God’s Honest Truth

        but then again I know what I just said fell on deaf ears, because you cannot reason with a insane group of people, I already know what your moronic comeback will be!

      • God’s Honest Truth

        instead of calling it like a little wimp, why don’t you do something about it!

      • LOL

        The progress is slow, but I have my supporters here, and they are growing in number. Believe me, one day you will thank me.

      • God’s Honest Truth

        THANK YOU FOR WHAT?..BEING A DOUCHE, THAT CANNOT COME UP WITH ANYTHING CLEVER TO SAY!

      • God’s Honest Truth

        Ok well you never answered my question, give me a logical answer as to why saying America loves crap,every week is something that helps anyone, and I might change my mind!

      • LOL

        I’m not trying to be clever or funny, just posting my opinion of the current state of film. Hopefully you and others will learn from my wisdom, and thank me for expanding your horizons.

      • Shane Ruiz

        I’d like to expand my foot in your ass!

      • Tim

        LOL..you never answered God’s question!

      • LOL

        Sometimes the meaning isn’t in the answere, but in the question.

      • Tim

        ok yes you are officially a douhe!

      • LOL

        Shane Ruiz you kind of turned me on, leave me your # and we can talk about the ass thing!

      • LOL is Crap

        saying the same negative thing every week, to elicit a response makes you a major TROLL!

      • LOL

        I’m just posting my opinions on the current state of film. Sorry if you don’t like seeing an opinion you disagree with, but hopefully you will learn from it.

      • Dolphin

        Just wait we are now in conference about a follow-up sequel. This time it is going to be a Western and I get to play the lead character.

      • 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.

      • El Mexicano

        LOL do you realize you sais several times that what you are saying is your opinion? YES!!! Where’s my thank you?

      • LOL

        When did I ever say it wasn’t my opinion?
        I think there’s a language barrier here or something.

    • Hv

      It should be noted once again — there is more than one LOL positing here.

      • LOL

        yes and we all think that you are crap!

    • Cameron J

      Obvious well stated. It’s just fun to f%$k around with him since he’ll never actually leave.

      • LOL

        c’mon Cameron let me do you, you know you want me, that is why you get so frustrated!..it is sexual!

    • Carol

      The truth can be a bitter bill to swallow sometimes.

      • LOL

        so is your vagina Carol!… very Bitter!

      • Cameron J

        Hey, you’re the sorry sap that tested it if ya know that little factoid.

      • LOL

        Cameron J, I know the only thing you test is penis!

      • Carol

        Don’t you DARE talk about my womenly parts like you know then, mister! I will have you know that my VJ is probably the most knowledgeable in Hollywood.

      • hmm

        So Carol your Vag gets around huh?..I am sure it smells like grilled cheese!

      • lisa g.

        that would be me sorry

  • Michael

    WOW Dolphin Tale made more money then fast five proven that fast five fan are crappy movie people

    • Tuna

      I hate the fact that “Dolphin Tale” made so much money, it was so bad!..as EW pointed out in it’s review “it was like FreeWilly” without the Drama!..Moneyball should have won the weekend!

      • LOL

        Well, that’s America for you, they sure do love them some crap.

      • Carol

        Make sure your tuna is dolphin free. That’s all I’m saying.

      • g

        I like my tuna with extra dolphin.

      • Dolphin

        That is how we roll.

    • LOL

      If you are going to try to insult me, please try to use English, or at least some language other then iPhone auto correct. Also try to get your facts straight. Fast Five made more then twice as much money in it’s opening weekend then Dolphin Tale has made in 2 weeks.

      • LOL

        America knows I’m Crapzilla.
        Crapzilla: Being or having to do with crap of gargantuan proportions.
        “Fast Five was crapzilla.”

  • m1

    It’s surprising that Lion King would do this well with its re-release. I would love to see certain Disney films again on the big screen. Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, anyone?

    • LOL

      It’s surprising because it’s crap. If they want to rerelease a cartoon, I vote for The Iron Giant. That would be a license to print money.

      • m1

        At least we agree on one thing. I love The Iron Giant.

      • Carol

        Pink Floyd rules.

    • Jose

      Yes to all 3 of them, although I doubt Iron Giant would get a re-release since it was a dissapointment at the box office.

      I would also love to watch Fantasia!

      • LOL

        They could convert it to 3D, these days, it would be a massive hit.

      • Cameron J

        LMFAO… okay. You get +1 for that one.

      • Carol

        I’m kinda happy they don’t rerelease it.

      • LOL

        Hey Cameron J, I have 1 for you!…I know you will love it!

  • John

    why are so many morons still going to see the Lion King in 3D when they could watch it for free at home and see brilliant films like 50/50 on the big screen

    • Jose

      1) People like me never saw it on the big screen, I personally wanted that experience as did my friends and i assume the parents bringing their kids to inroduce them to The Lion King

      2) My theater was also showing the film in 2D.

      • LOL

        no way Jose, you are Crap!..stop trolling Jose people are sick of you, get a life!..don’t you have a job?..you come on here every week saying the same stupid things!…America Hates Jose!

      • Jose

        Yes I am a D-Bag, I know it!… I love to roll around in my own feces!

      • Carol

        The Lion King was soulful. It made me proud to be African again.

    • Jose

      You two are amusing LOL and me.

  • Jeremy

    The Lion King in theaters, then on Blu Ray ? Are they taking lessons from George Lucas on how to milk Cash Cows?

    • derek

      I think so, I noticed in the rerelease that Scar shot first.

      • Aidan

        This.

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