The Lion King 3D and Dolphin Tale were both strong performers on the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

‘Lion King 3D’ Leads Thursday; ‘Dolphin Tale’ Strong

on September 30, 2011 by Daniel Garris

The Lion King 3D remained at the top of the box office on Thursday with $2.21 million. Disney's 3D re-issue of its 1994 animated blockbuster has now led the daily box office for 12 of the past 14 days. The Lion King was up 31 percent over Wednesday and down a slim 2 percent from last Thursday, as the Rosh Hashanah holiday provided a boost to the marketplace as a whole on Thursday, especially for family fare. For the week, The Lion King 3D led the way with $29.05 million, which was down 27 percent from the film's opening week performance. The Lion King 3D has greatly exceeded expectations with a two-week gross of $68.59 million. That brings the lifetime domestic gross for The Lion King 3D to $397.14 million. When adjusting for ticket price inflation, the adjusted lifetime domestic gross for the film now stands at just over $700 million.

Sony's Moneyball was up an impressive 18 percent over Wednesday to remain in second on Thursday with $1.73 million. The critically acclaimed baseball drama starring Brad Pitt grossed $25.97 million in its first seven days of release. That was good enough for second place for the week and was in line with pre-release expectations. Moneyball is currently running 3 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Burn After Reading and 15 percent behind the pace of last year's The Social Network.

Dolphin Tale held steady in third place, but was up an extremely impressive 100 percent over Wednesday in the process as it was helped greatly by Rosh Hashanah. The 3D family film from Warner Bros. grossed $1.66 million for the day, which brings the film's seven-day total to $23.27 million. Dolphin Tale took third place for the week and has a strong chance of winning this weekend's box office race thanks in part to strong word of mouth and from skewing very heavily toward family audiences.

Open Road's Killer Elite grossed $0.75 million to continue to claim fourth place. The action thriller starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro was up just 4 percent over Wednesday, which represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. Killer Elite grossed $12.58 million in its first seven days, placing the film in fifth place for the week. Killer Elite opened on the low end of expectations and is running 14.5 percent behind the pace of this year's The Mechanic.

Abduction rounded out its first week in theatres with $0.68 million. The Taylor Lautner vehicle from Lionsgate was up a solid 17 percent over Wednesday. Abduction grossed $13.49 million this week, which was on the low end of expectations and placed the film in fourth for the frame. The film is currently running 28 percent behind the pace of this year's Red Riding Hood.

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Tags: Dolphin Tale, Moneyball, The Lion King 3D, Killer Elite, Abduction

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