9.23-25.2011: Weekend Box Office – The $

The premieres of four movies and the star power of Brad Pitt, Harry Connick Jr., Taylor Lautner, and the trio of Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro were no match for The Lion King.  Disney’s re-release of the 1994 Academy Award-winning summer blockbuster in 3D was #1 for the second week in a row in its two-week limited release (Disney is working on extending the release), grossing $21.929 million for a total of $61.475 million domestically and an estimated $16 million internationally.  Though Billy Beane is a sabermetric genius, he was unable to guide Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Moneyball, the movie based on Beane’s career as the Oakland A’s general manager, to the #1 spot but to #2 at $19.501 million.  #3 Dolphin Tale, another based on movie but on a dolphin, and starring the real dolphin, was close at $19.152 million.  Taylor Lautner’s first solo starring role in #4 Abduction was no Twilight (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I premieres Friday, November 18th, 2011) but was able to gross $10.925 million.  At $70 million, the weekend’s highest budgeted debut, #5 Killer Elite is the first film Open Road Films, a partnership between AMC Entertainment Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group. The action-thriller was not the best new movie of the lot as it was short of $10 million at $9.35 million.

Contagion was bumped to the #6 spot by the four new films of the weekend but continued to infect the box office, grossing $8.451 million in its third weekend even after losing 86 theaters from the previous weekend.  The frightening drama/sci-fi/thriller is about to break even with its $57.007 million domestic gross to its $60 million budget but does so with the estimated $6.45 million from the foreign box office.

Check out ‘What To Watch – Theater Edition’ on Friday for this week’s new movie releases…if there’s a ‘FOR SALE’ sign on the front yard at this house then the housing market is in even more trouble than predicted.

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