Chris Pratt, Moneyball
Bennett Miller's Brad Pitt movie Moneyball collected $885,000 at the North American box office on Thursday, Oct. 6, according to Box Office Mojo. That's surely its last day at the top. Opening this weekend are Hugh Jackman's Real Steel and George Clooney-Ryan Gosling's The Ides of March. Real Steel is expected to gross between $24-$30 million, while The Ides of March should open in the low teens. Additionally, kiddie flick Dolphin Tale, which has been lying relatively low on weekdays, should soar once again on the weekend proper.
Co-starring Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Chris Pratt, Moneyball is a strong contender for the 2012 Academy Awards.
At no. 2 on Thursday – also for the last time – was Jonathan Levine's cancer comedy-drama 50/50, which took in $742,000. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, 50/50 also features Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston.
Directed by Charles Martin Smith, and featuring Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Austin Stowell, and Morgan Freeman, Dolphin Tale pulled in $678,000 at no. 3. It'll likely remain in that position over the weekend.
At no. 4, Alex Kendrick's Christian-themed drama Courageous raked in $561,000, thus beating The Lion King 3D. The Courageous cast features Kendrick, Ben Davies, Kevin Downes, Ken Bevel, and Tony Stallings.
Clearly harmed by its Blu-ray release, The Lion King 3D added $501,000 at no. 5. Originally released in 1994, the Disney blockbuster features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and the voices of Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, and others. Disney should have waited another couple of weeks before releasing the Blu-ray disc, as The Lion King 3D could have added several more millions at the domestic box office.
The Daniel Craig-Rachel Weisz mystery thriller Dream House pulled in $412,000 at no. 8. After one week in theaters, neither Dream House nor What's Your Number? has passed the $10 million mark. After two weeks, Killer Elite has yet to reach $20 million.
Rounding out the top twelve were Steven Soderbergh-Matt Damon-Marion Cotillard's Contagion with $366,000, Tate Taylor-Emma Stone-Viola Davis' The Help with $349,000, Taylor Lautner-Lily Collins' Abduction with $320,000, Ryan Gosling-Carey Mulligan's Drive with $305,000.
Among the top twelve movies, Courageous posted the highest per-theater average, $483. Abduction posted the lowest, $103.
Also among the top twelve, seven movies were up; five were down on Thursday. Courageous had the sharpest Wednesday-to-Thursday attendance increase, up 20 percent. Moneyball had the highest drop-off rate, a modest down 7 percent.
Moneyball photo: Melinda Sue Gordon / Columbia TriStar