Overall it was a slow day at the daily box office on Monday with Sony's Moneyball leading the way with $0.85 million. The critically acclaimed baseball drama starring Brad Pitt fell 68 percent from Sunday and 41 percent from last Monday. Moneyball has grossed $38.85 million in eleven days, placing it 5 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Burn After Reading and 19 percent behind the pace of last year's The Social Network.
After debuting in fifth place over the weekend, 50/50 moved into second place on Monday with $0.75 million. The Summit release starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen fell 65 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. 50/50 has grossed $9.39 million through four days of release. That is on the low end of expectations, but the low budget film is holding up well in its initial days of release.
Warner's Dolphin Tale claimed third place for the day with $0.61 million. The 3D family film fell 84 percent from Sunday, but was down a very slim 18 percent from last Monday. That strongly suggests that Dolphin Tale will hold up very well once again this coming weekend. Dolphin Tale has exceeded expectations with an eleven-day gross of $37.79 million, which places the film an impressive 35 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Secretariat.
The Lion King 3D finished in fourth with $0.57 million. The 3D reissue from Disney fell 80 percent from Sunday and a sharp 61 percent from last Monday. After a very strong two week run, The Lion King 3D is clearly losing momentum over the past few days. With that said, the film has exceeded expectations with $79.78 million in 18 days and is set to clear the $80 million mark today. The lifetime domestic gross for The Lion King currently stands at $408.33 million.
Sony's Courageous rounded out Monday's top five with $0.55 million. The TriStar released faith-based film was down a sizable 80 percent from Monday, which is an early indication that the film will play significantly stronger on weekends than it will on weekdays. Courageous has grossed a very solid $9.61 million in four days, which is on the high end of expectations and is very healthy given the film's $2 million production budget.
Fellow new release Dream House landed in sixth place with $0.48 million. The Universal released PG-13 thriller starring Daniel Craig was down 72 percent from Sunday. Dream House, which was significantly more expensive than either Courageous or 50/50, has grossed a disappointing $8.61 million in four days of release.
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