Moneyball took the top spot for the second Friday in a row, dropping 43 percent to an estimated $3.85 million for an eight-day total of $29.8 million. That decline was slightly worse than last year's The Social Network (40 percent) but a vast improvement over Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (53 percent). The Brad Pitt baseball flick should finish the weekend with around $12 million, which probably won't be good enough for first place over Dolphin Tale.
Dolphin Tale dipped a light 32 percent to an estimated $3.47 million, bringing its eight-day total to $26.7 million. Based on past similar movies, it should move up to first place by Sunday with a weekend take of roughly $14 million.
Even with its Blu-ray set for release on Tuesday, The Lion King (in 3D) still managed to attract a theatrical audience. The movie fell 46 percent to an estimated $3.3 million for a total of $72 million. Including prior releases, The Lion King has now made over $400 million, and it will pass Spider-Man ($403.7 million) sometime today to move in to the Top 10 all-time. It should also ultimately finish ahead of Moneyball this weekend with around $13 million.
With a strong estimated $3.1 million, Courageous looks like the big box office surprise this weekend. That debut is up on Fireproof's $2.3 million start on the same weekend in 2008, and it should translate to a $9 million opening weekend.
50/50 tallied an estimated $2.87 million yesterday, which is star Seth Rogen's second-worst opening day ever ahead of Zack and Miri Make a Porno($2.19 million). The movie appears in line for a weekend gross in the $8-9 million range.
Dream House disappointed with just $2.66 million, or about even with last Fall's My Soul to Take but off from movies like Devil, The Fog and Dark Water. It looks like it will come in just under $8 million for the three-day frame.
What's Your Number? earned a paltry $2.05 million on Friday, which positions it as the big loser this weekend. That debut is a fraction of star Anna Faris's The House Bunny ($5.92 million), and the weekend gross should end up in the $5-6 million range.
Abduction and Killer Elite plummeted 56 and 55 percent, respectively, on their second Fridays. Abduction added $1.7 million for a total of $15.2 million, while Killer Elite earned $1.53 million for a total of $14.1 million.