Box Office Review: ‘Lion King’ slays ‘Moneyball’ and ‘Dolphin Tale’

Box office estimates for the weekend of September 23 – 25

Rank. Movie Title – Weekend Gross | Theaters | Total Gross | Week # … [The Scorecard Review final score]

1. The Lion King (in 3D) – $22,130,000 I 2,330 I $61,676,000 I 2 … [Not Reviewed]
2. Moneyball – $20,600,000 I 2,993 I $20,600,000 I 1 … [TSR 9/10]
3. Dolphin Tale – $20,260,000 I 3,507 I $20,260,000 I 1 … [TSR 5/10]
4. Abduction – $11,200,000 I 3,118 I $11,200,000 I 1 … [2/10]
5. Killer Elite – $9,500,000 I 2,986 I $3,182 I $9,500,000 I 1 … [TSR 2/10]
Source: www.boxofficemojo.com

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I said it to Aaron and I’ll say it again, it was a rough weekend at the movies. With a slew of new movies, it was anybody’s game. Luckily for Disney and is animated pals, most of the entries at the box office were pretty forgettable, making The Lion King king once again.

Moneyball was the only other truly noteworthy movie this weekend and audiences weren’t about to forget that anytime soon. It took home a solid $20 million, but that was only enough to earn it second place.

Dolphin Tale came in third at the box office, which was surprising news, at least to me. The paint-by-the-numbers inspirational tale has become a tired tradition at the movies, but my guess is family’s ate it up.

Love for Lautner wasn’t enough to keep Abduction afloat. The teen action thriller peaked at fourth in its debut weekend, which doesn’t bode well for the movie.

Finally, Killer Elite was, for lack of a better term, killed at the box office. Reviews certainly didn’t help it, but the action flick was probably held even further back by its R-rating, when teens had Abduction.

Calhoun Kersten’s prediction for the weekend of September 23 – 25 …

1. Abduction ($19 Million)

Aaron Ruffcorn’s prediction for the weekend of September 23 – 25 …

1. Moneyball ($20 Million)

Calhoun Kersten vs. Aaron Ruffcorn

Each weekend Kersten and Ruffcorn go head to head in the Box Office Challenge, trying to pick the correct Number One film in America and how much money it will make.

This weekend … No one Wins!

Season record: 8-8

Thoughts by TSR: In an uncanny display of box office bad luck, Ruffcorn predicted Moneyball‘s earnings… it just didn’t win out against the majesty of The Lion King in 3D.

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