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10.02.2011

The Dolphin Tale upsets the Lion King

Just like last weekend when 4 new releases opened wide only to have THE LION KING remain in the #1 spot, this weekend's 4 new releases couldn't even pierce the top 3 as one of last week's releases, THE DOLPHIN TALE, managed to move from 3rd to 1st place, overtaking THE LION KING in the #1 spot and moving ahead of MONEYBALL, which remained in second place, just like last weekend. THE LION KING finally lost some of its mojo, as it dropped close to 50% of its audience from last weekend, while dropping into 3rd place. The film has earned close to $80M after three weeks of release.

Out of the 4 new releases of the weekend, it was 50/50 that managed to make the most bucks in 4th place with close to $9M, followed pretty closely by the Christian film COURAGEOUS in 5th place. The latter film's results were more impressive because it was only featured in half the number of theaters than 50/50. Not surprisingly, the studios didn't preview DREAM HOUSE or WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER for critics (for obvious reasons, our very own film critics gave the films respective scores of 3/10 and 5/10) and in turn, neither film did too well at the box-office with DREAM HOUSE opening in 6th place with about $8M and WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER opening in 8th place with about $5.6M. BTW, how under-promoted was Chris Evans in the latter film? Yipes! Must've been in the contract...

For fans of great movies, it was sad to see DRIVE drop out of the top 10 in only its 3rd week of release (much like WARRIOR last week) although in its defense, it did generate $27M in revenues, which is already a lot more than its budget of $15M. Taylor Lautner's ADBUCTION also dropped from 4th to 7th place in its second weekend of release while KILLER ELITE dropped from 5th to 10th place, as both films lost about 50% of their respective audiences from last weekend.

Besides DRIVE ($27M), the other 3 films to get booted from the top 10 this weekend included THE HELP ($159M), STRAW DOGS ($10M) and I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT ($9M). THE HELP was a major surprise and success, while the latter two films....not so much.

Next weekend sees the release of the highly anticipated kid's movie REAL STEEL featuring Hugh Jackman and a bunch of robots fighting it out, as well as the Oscar-nip entitled THE IDES OF MARCH which was written by, directed by and starring George Clooney. You can read our review of it HERE. There are 4 other limited releases opening up as well, each of which has already been reviewed by our critics including the Clive Owen-starring INTRUDERS (read review HERE), the other Olsen-sister-starring MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE (read review HERE), the Sam Shepard-starring BLACKTHORN (read review HERE) as well as THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (read review HERE). We haven't asked this sort of question in a while, so how much $$$ do you think REAL STEEL will open with next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Dolphin Tale $14.2 M $37.5 M
2. Moneyball $12.5 M $38.4 M
3. The Lion King $11.1 M $79.6 M
4. 50/50 $8.9 M
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5. Courageous $8.8 M
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6. Dream House $8.2 M
NEW
7. Abduction $5.7 M $19.1 M
8. What's Your Number? $5.6 M
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9. Contagion $5 M $64.7 M
10. Killer Elite $4.9 M $17.4 M

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7:11PM on 10/03/2011

Kinda sad...

to see Killer Elite not do as well money wise. It was a very good film and had a serious tone compared to the usual popcorn Statham flicks are known for, plus I think a lot of people were turned off because everyone but DeNiro had an English or Indian accent. I for one loved it and thought it was one of his best movies/roles, period!
to see Killer Elite not do as well money wise. It was a very good film and had a serious tone compared to the usual popcorn Statham flicks are known for, plus I think a lot of people were turned off because everyone but DeNiro had an English or Indian accent. I for one loved it and thought it was one of his best movies/roles, period!
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12:05PM on 10/03/2011
Really want to see Real Steel this week, along with The Ides of March and Intruders.
Really want to see Real Steel this week, along with The Ides of March and Intruders.
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10:30AM on 10/03/2011
I really had high hope for Dream House but after reading many reviews no wonder why it doesn't perform well.
I really had high hope for Dream House but after reading many reviews no wonder why it doesn't perform well.
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1:08AM on 10/03/2011

Daniel Craig

Looks like Daniel Craig is on a losing streak this summer. Hopefully Tin Tin and Dragon Tattoo will fair much better. So far beyond his Bond he's had not much success or following.
Looks like Daniel Craig is on a losing streak this summer. Hopefully Tin Tin and Dragon Tattoo will fair much better. So far beyond his Bond he's had not much success or following.
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12:10AM on 10/03/2011
Too bad for 50/50, but good for Dolphin Tale, obviously not the typical joblo reader's cup of tea, but i have no problem w/ a nice wholesome movie making a lot of money
Too bad for 50/50, but good for Dolphin Tale, obviously not the typical joblo reader's cup of tea, but i have no problem w/ a nice wholesome movie making a lot of money
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9:45PM on 10/02/2011
Yawns, time to go hibernate until next summer, thankfully this summers movies are slowly coming out on DVD & Blu ray.
Yawns, time to go hibernate until next summer, thankfully this summers movies are slowly coming out on DVD & Blu ray.
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12:46AM on 10/03/2011
Huh? Drive, Warrior, and Moneyball take a shit on anything that came out this summer.

But I guess you like explosions.
Huh? Drive, Warrior, and Moneyball take a shit on anything that came out this summer.

But I guess you like explosions.
2:48AM on 10/03/2011
my post was based on the box office numbers not the quality of the movies.
my post was based on the box office numbers not the quality of the movies.
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8:35PM on 10/02/2011
It's good to see studios releasing actual good movies in September like Drive, Moneyball, Warrior (from what I heard, my theater gave it the boot after two weeks), 50/50 and even Dolphin Tale, which I won't probably see, but it's getting good reviews at least, but maybe the market just isn't there with summer ending, schools back in, and sports are kicking up....
It's good to see studios releasing actual good movies in September like Drive, Moneyball, Warrior (from what I heard, my theater gave it the boot after two weeks), 50/50 and even Dolphin Tale, which I won't probably see, but it's getting good reviews at least, but maybe the market just isn't there with summer ending, schools back in, and sports are kicking up....
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6:17PM on 10/02/2011
College Football and NFL are the ones responsible for not so ordinary box office results.
College Football and NFL are the ones responsible for not so ordinary box office results.
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6:14PM on 10/02/2011
I can just see the comments of the creators of moneyball. "What the #$%^! We got beat by a #$%^in fish?!" On a good side note, this will bring good publicity to an aquarium that could really use it since that place has struggled for a long time despite the fact that their one of the top places in the country for rehabilitating injured sea life.
I can just see the comments of the creators of moneyball. "What the #$%^! We got beat by a #$%^in fish?!" On a good side note, this will bring good publicity to an aquarium that could really use it since that place has struggled for a long time despite the fact that their one of the top places in the country for rehabilitating injured sea life.
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4:47PM on 10/02/2011

zzzzzzzz fest

Wake us up when yr ready to announce the 2012 Spring/Summer releases.
Wake us up when yr ready to announce the 2012 Spring/Summer releases.
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4:22PM on 10/02/2011

Too bad for 50/50

I wasn't expecting it to do super well due to the touchy subject matter, but I thought it'd do a lot better than this. Hopefully it'll have good word of mouth because it really deserves. A truly incredible and inspiring film. The only perfect 10 I've given out all year.
I wasn't expecting it to do super well due to the touchy subject matter, but I thought it'd do a lot better than this. Hopefully it'll have good word of mouth because it really deserves. A truly incredible and inspiring film. The only perfect 10 I've given out all year.
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3:49PM on 10/02/2011
Well, I was glad to do my part and support Warrior and Drive, both were great. I'll plan to check out 50/50 in the coming weeks. I have to imagine Lion King will see a big drop next week with the blu-ray coming out. I didn't see it theaters because I knew the blu-ray would be released soon, that and the fact I don't have kids and have never been too impressed with 3D animated films.
Well, I was glad to do my part and support Warrior and Drive, both were great. I'll plan to check out 50/50 in the coming weeks. I have to imagine Lion King will see a big drop next week with the blu-ray coming out. I didn't see it theaters because I knew the blu-ray would be released soon, that and the fact I don't have kids and have never been too impressed with 3D animated films.
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3:46PM on 10/02/2011

Am I the only person that was thinking

"wait there was a movie called "Dolphin Tale that came out this weekend"?
I had no clue, I was busy seeing Drive instead.
"wait there was a movie called "Dolphin Tale that came out this weekend"?
I had no clue, I was busy seeing Drive instead.
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3:45PM on 10/02/2011
I wish 50/50 had done better, it's a great film.
I wish 50/50 had done better, it's a great film.
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