Movies that rise to the top of the box office in their second week of release usually have some formidable word-of-mouth going for them, and, it would seem, such was the case with Dolphin Tale, which leaped ahead of The Lion King and Moneyball to lead the pack with $13.9 million, according to final figures released on Monday. Moneyball came in second with $12 million, while the 3D version of The Lion King saw a 52-percent dip to $10.6 million. (Many moviegoers had expected the movie to remain in theaters only two weeks; it's due out on Blu-ray disc today.) The faith-based movie Courageous finished in fourth place, ahead of estimates, as families on Sunday apparently left churches, where the movie was being heavily promoted, and headed to the theaters where it was playing. The movie, which cost just $2 million to produce, opened with $9.1 million at only 1,161 theaters, producing the best per-theater average of any film in wide release -- $7,806. It turned out to be the strongest performer among four newcomers, including the critically well-received comedy 50/50, which wound up with $8.6 million. It, too, has been receiving strong word-of-mouth and a CinemaScore of A-, which could boost its attendance in coming weeks. The horror film Dream House , despite the names of Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts on the marquee, took in just $8.1 million. And The Answer to What's Your Number? might have been "Don't Ask." It turned out to be $5.4 million. BoxOfficeMojo.com said that it was the fifth-worst debut ever for a movie in more than 3,000 theaters.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. Dolphin Tale, Warner Bros., $13,912,419, 2 Wks. ($37,183,796); 2. Moneyball, Sony, $12,031,592, 2 Wks. ($38,000,130); 3. The Lion King , Disney, $10,615,645, 3 Wks. ($79,209,794); 4. Courageous , Sony/Tristar, $9,063,147, (New); 5. 50/50, Summit, $8,644,095, (New); 6. Dream House , Universal, $8,209,185, (New); 7. Abduction, Lionsgate, $5,608,053, 2 Wks. ($19,097,241); 8. What's Your Number? , 20th Century Fox, $5,421,669, (New); 9. Killer Elite , Open Road Films, $4,916,839, 2 Wks. ($17,501,286); 10. Contagion , Warner Bros., $4,907,154, 4 Wks. ($64,569,619).