Film News: ‘Dolphin Tale’ Makes Splash, Wins Box Office

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CHICAGO – In its second week in theaters, the inspirational/family drama “Dolphin Tale” dethroned “The Lion King 3D” for the box office win. The film, which follows the relationship between a boy and a dolphin that lost its tail in a crab trap, had shown interest in its first week’s release, but went a step further in week two.

“Dolphin Tale” finished third in the box office a week ago with $19.2 million, and even though its gross dropped from last week as well, the $14.2 million was enough to win the box office by almost two million dollars. The film stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman.

For the second week in a row, the baseball drama “Moneyball” finished in second place in the box office standings. Stuck between a lion and a dolphin for two weeks in a row, “Moneyball” brought in $12.5 million in its second week. “The Lion King 3D” finally lost the crown in its third week in theaters, but still brought in a very respectable $11.1 million.

The four new releases of the week finished in positions four, five, six, and eight. The comedy/drama “50/50” was tops in the new films, finishing with $8.9 million. In a big surprise of the weekend, the faith/spirituality film “Courageous” brought out the religious crowd and finished in fifth with $8.8 million. The thriller/horror film “Dream House” ended up with $8.2 million and the comedy “What’s Your Number?” totaled $5.6 million.

We will see if “Dolphin Tale” can take the box office again next weekend when the film matches up against the new releases of “Real Steel” and “The Ides of March,” as well as all the current releases.

1. Dolphin Tale — $14.2 million — down 26% — $37.5 million total
2. Moneyball — $12.5 million — down 36% — $38.5 million total
3. The Lion King 3D — $11.1 million — down 50% — $79.7 million total
4. 50/50 — $8.9 million — new
5. Courageous — $8.8 million — new
6. Dream House — $8.2 million — new
7. Abduction — $5.7 million – down 48% — $19.1 million total
8. What’s Your Number? — $5.6 million — new
9. Contagion — $5 million – down 40% — $64.7 million total
10. Killer Elite — $4.9 million – down 48% — $17.4 million total staff writer Tim Martens

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