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Battle at the Box Office 10/3

The Lion King finally faltered in it’s extended re-release, leaving the door open for last week’s number three  to move up.  Dolphin Tale capitalized the most and took the number one spot with $14 million while Moneyball stayed in second with another $12 million.  The Lion King dropped down to $10.6 million and third place.  Following in the footsteps of it’s predecessor, Fireproof, the Christian themed Courageous took the fourth place spot with $9 million, better than Fireproof’s $6.8 million.  New release 50/50 rounded out the top 5 with $8.6 million, which is the lowest opening for a Seth Rogen movie.  Dream House came in at a mediocre sixth place with $8.1 million less than half of what similar movies like The Skeleton Key, Dark Water and The Amityville Horror remake.  Abduction and Killer Elite both fell farther with Abduction going from fourth to seventh and Killer Elite from fifth to ninth.  The only other major box office news was What’s Your Number? which had the fifth worse opening for a movie on over 3,000 theaters with $5.4 million.  It’s opening was barely a third of the opening of the completely forgettable Anna Faris movie “The House Bunny”.

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