It was a very close race on Monday between The Lion King 3D and Moneyball.

‘The Lion King 3D’ Edges Out ‘Moneyball’ for #1 on Monday

on September 27, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Disney's The Lion King 3D grossed $1.479 million on Monday. That was just enough to keep the film in first place as it outpaced Sony's Moneyball by a very slim $32,750 for the day. The Lion King 3D has now led the daily box office for ten of the past eleven days. The film fell 78 percent from Sunday and 36 percent from last Monday. The eleven-day total for The Lion King 3D stands at $62.95 million. That places the current lifetime domestic gross of The Lion King at $391.50 million. In addition to approaching the $400 million domestic milestone, The Lion King is also approaching the $700 million adjusted mark when factoring in ticket price inflation.

Moneyball finished in a very close second place with $1.446 million. The baseball drama starring Brad Pitt fell a solid 67 percent from Sunday. Moneyball continues to run in line with expectations with a solid four-day start of $20.95 million. That places the film 2 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Burn After Reading and 14.5 percent behind the pace of last year's The Social Network. With the help of early Oscar buzz and an A rating from CinemaScore, Moneyball has a strong chance of holding up very well going forward.

After finishing in fifth over the weekend, Open Road's Killer Elite moved into third place on Monday with $0.78 million. The action thriller starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro has grossed $10.13 million through four days, which is towards the lower end of expectations. Killer Elite is currently running 18 percent behind the pace of this year's The Mechanic, as opening against Moneyball has limited some of the film's potential.

Warner's Dolphin Tale slipped to fourth place on Monday with $0.74 million. With the film skewing very heavily towards family audiences, it comes as no surprise that it experienced a sharp 86 percent daily decline from Sunday. Midweek grosses should remain limited for Dolphin Tale, but the film should experience great weekend holds going forward. Dolphin Tale has grossed a stronger than expected $19.90 million in four days, placing it 36.5 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Secretariat.

Abduction took sixth place with $0.56 million. The Taylor Lautner vehicle from Lionsgate fell 77 percent from Sunday. With the film being driven heavily by teenage girls, midweek grosses should remain modest with schools in session. Abduction has grossed $11.49 million in four days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 24 percent behind the pace of this year's Red Riding Hood.

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

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