'Moneyball,' 'Dolphin Tale' lead a modest Friday at the box office
The top three movies on Friday (Sept. 30) were all holdovers from last week. "Moneyball" led the way with an estimated $3.9 million in earnings, raising its total so far to just under $30 million. "Dolphin Tale," which like "Moneyball" is in its second weekend, was not far behind at $3.5 million, and some forecasters are predicting it will end up No. 1 for the weekend.
"The Lion King 3-D" gave up its two-week hold on the top spot and slipped to third, earning an estimated $3.3 million for the day. "Courageous," a faith-based drama that benefited from heavy group sales, opened in fourth with $3.1 million.
None of the weekend's three wider releases really made any noise. The Daniel Craig-Rachel Weisz thriller "Dream House" and the cancer comedy "50/50" each made about $2.9 million, and Anna Faris' R-rated rom-com "What's Your Number?" came in with $2.1 million.