In what should be its last day at the top of the daily box office, Sony's Moneyball led the way on Thursday with $0.89 million. The critically acclaimed baseball drama starring Brad Pitt fell 7 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. Thursday's relatively poor hold was likely in part a result of competition from Game 5 of the ALDS between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. Moneyball finished in second place for the week with $15.78 million. That was down a solid 39 percent from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at $41.75 million.
50/50 grossed $0.74 million to continue to claim second place. The Summit release starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen fell 2 percent from Wednesday. While 50/50 opened slightly behind Sony's Courageous over the past weekend, it did eventually overtake Courageous during the midweek to claim the highest weekly gross of the week's four new wide releases. With a seven-day start of $11.83 million, 50/50 finished in fourth place for the week among all films. The film's opening week performance was on the lower end of expectations.
Warner's Dolphin Tale held steady in third with $0.68 million. The 3D family film was up 4 percent from Wednesday. In comparison to last Thursday, Dolphin Tale was down a sharp 59 percent, as last Thursday's grosses (especially those of family films) were inflated by the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Dolphin Tale was the week's top grossing film with a weekly take of $16.64 million. That was down just 29 percent from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at a better than expected $39.91 million.
Courageous was up one spot and a promising 20 percent over Wednesday to take fourth place with $0.56 million. After a good opening weekend performance, midweek grosses tailed off for Courageous, but the film should pick back up nicely over the weekend. Courageous grossed $11.29 million for the week, which was on the high end of expectations and placed the film in fifth place for the frame. The film is currently running 34 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Fireproof.
The news wasn't anywhere near as good this week for fellow openers Fox's What's Your Number? and Universal's Dream House. What's Your Number? took seventh place on Thursday with $0.415 million, while Dream House finished in eighth with $0.412 million. Both films delivered disappointing grosses for the week. Dream House grossed $9.99 million in seven days to place in sixth for the frame and What's Your Number? grossed $7.26 million to finish in seventh. Look for both films to fade away from theatres quickly.
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