Moneyball led the box office for a third consecutive day on Wednesday, while overall box office grosses remained low.

Moneyball’ Passes $40 Million Mark on Wednesday

on October 06, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Moneyball grossed $0.95 million on Wednesday to lead the daily box office for a third straight day. Sony's baseball drama starring Brad Pitt fell 10 percent from Tuesday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. Moneyball was down a solid 35 percent from last Wednesday. The film topped the $40 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $40.87 million through 13 days of release. Moneyball is currently running 6 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Burn After Reading and 20 percent behind the pace of last year's The Social Network.

50/50 held steady in second place with $0.75 million. The Summit release starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen fell 20 percent from Tuesday. That represented the day's best daily percentage hold among this week's four new wide releases. 50/50 has grossed $11.09 million through six days of release. While the film is performing on the lower end of expectations it could also hold up better than expected going forward given the initial solid holding power it is displaying so far.

Warner's Dolphin Tale remained in third with $0.65 million. The 3D family film fell 17 percent from Tuesday and a very healthy 22 percent from last Wednesday. Dolphin Tale has exceeded expectations with $39.23 million in 13 days and is set to zoom past the $40 million mark on Friday. The film is currently running an impressive 32 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Secretariat.

Disney's The Lion King 3D grossed $0.50 million to continue to claim fourth. The 3D re-issue of the 1994 traditionally animated blockbuster was down 20 percent from Tuesday and down a steep 70 percent from last Wednesday. The 20-day total for The Lion King 3D stands at $80.91 million. That brings the current lifetime domestic gross for The Lion King 3D to $409.45 million.

Courageous was up one spot from Tuesday to round out Wednesday's top five with $0.46 million. The faith-based film from Sony fell 21 percent from Tuesday. Courageous is currently performing on the high end of expectations with a six-day start of $10.66 million. That places the film 32 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Fireproof, which was also produced by Sherwood Pictures.

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Tags: Courageous, The Lion King 3D, Dolphin Tale, 50/50, Moneyball

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