Christian Movie 'Courageous' Strong & Anna Faris-Chris Evans Movie 1 of Worst Box Office Openings Ever

Chris Pratt, Moneyball movie
Chris Pratt, Moneyball

Oct. 7: 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.

Next in line were the Jason Statham-Robert De Niro thriller Killer Elite with $437,000 at no. 6 and the Chris Evans-Anna Faris-Zachary Quinto comedy What's Your Number? with $414,000 at no. 7.

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

Oct. 5

Brad Pitt, MoneyballOnce again at no. 1, Bennett Miller's Brad Pitt movie Moneyball collected $1.06 million at the North American box office on Tuesday, Oct. 4, according to Box Office Mojo. After falling below the $1 million-per-day mark on Monday, Moneyball managed to once again pass that mark after jumping 24 percent from the previous day. In fact, nearly every movie on the top-ten chart boasted sharp attendance increases.

Co-starring Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Chris Pratt, Miller's baseball drama is a strong contender for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Directed by Jonathan Levine, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, the cancer comedy-drama 50/50 took in $940,000 at no. 2. Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston co-star.

Directed by Charles Martin Smith, and featuring Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Austin Stowell, and Morgan Freeman, Dolphin Tale pulled in $784,000 at no. 3.

At no. 4, The Lion King 3D added $624,000. 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.

Up two spots at no. 5, the poorly received Jason Statham-Robert De Niro Killer Elite brought in $601,000. It was followed by Alex Kendrick's Christian-themed drama Courageous, which raked in $582,000, down one spot at no. 6. The Courageous cast features Kendrick, Ben Davies, Kevin Downes, Ken Bevel, and Tony Stallings.

Next in line were the Chris Evans-Anna Faris-Zachary Quinto comedy What's Your Number? with $570,000, up one spot at no. 7, and the Daniel Craig-Rachel Weisz mystery thriller Dream House with $558,000, down two spots at no. 8.

Rounding out the top ten were Steven Soderbergh-Matt Damon-Marion Cotillard's Contagion with $433k and Taylor Lautner-Lily Collins' Abduction with $422,000.

Among the top ten movies, Courageous posted the highest per-theater average, $501. Abduction posted the lowest, $136.

Also among the top ten, What's Your Number? had the sharpest Monday-to-Tuesday attendance increase, up 35 percent. Courageous had the lowest, up 6 percent.

Moneyball photo: Melinda Sue Gordon / Columbia TriStar

Oct. 4

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard, 50/50
Bryce Dallas Howard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

Kiddie flicks sank on Monday, Oct. 3, leaving the top two slots on the North American box office chart in care of adult movies. At no. 1, Bennett Miller's Moneyball collected $852k – thus falling below the $1 million-per-day mark for the first time on Day 11 – according to Box Office Mojo. Brad Pitt stars, along with Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Chris Pratt.

Directed by Jonathan Levine, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, 50/50 took in $748,000 at no. 2. Although 50/50 jumped three spots on its fourth day out, it also had its first day below the $1m-per-day mark. Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston co-star.

The weekend's no. 1 movie, Dolphin Tale, was down two spots after sinking 84 percent. Directed by Charles Martin Smith, and featuring Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Austin Stowell, and Morgan Freeman, Dolphin Tale pulled in $611,000 at no. 3.

Down one spot at no. 4, The Lion King 3D added $573,000. 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. Thanks to its current success – the animated film will pass the $80 million mark today in the U.S. and Canada – Disney has announced the 3D release of four more titles: Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and The Little Mermaid.

Down one spot, Alex Kendrick's Christian-themed drama Courageous raked in $551,000 at no. 5 after dropping nearly 80 percent. The Courageous cast features Kendrick, Ben Davies, Kevin Downes, Ken Bevel, and Tony Stallings.

Directed by multiple Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan, and starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, and Marton Csokas, the mystery thriller Dream House drew $478,000 at no. 6.

Next in line were Jason Statham-Robert De Niro's Killer Elite with $453,000, up two spots at no. 7, and the Chris Evans-Anna Faris-Zachary Quinto comedy What's Your Number? with $423,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Steven Soderbergh-Matt Damon-Marion Cotillard's Contagion with $352,000, Taylor Lautner-Lily Collins' Abduction with $320,000, Ryan Gosling-Carey Mulligan's Drive with $287,548, Tate Taylor-Emma Stone-Viola Davis' The Help with $287,433.

Among the top twelve movies, Courageous posted the highest per-theater average, a quite modest $475. Abduction, which like the children's movies apparently does much better on weekends than on weekdays, posted the lowest, $103.

Also among the top twelve, Dolphin Tale suffered the steepest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 84 percent. The Help had the lowest, down 64 percent.

50/50 picture: Chris Helcermanas-Benge / Summit Entertainment.

Oct. 3

Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Dream House
Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Dream House

This past weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 2), Dolphin Tale grossed slightly less than estimated according to North American box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Directed by Charles Martin Smith, and featuring Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Austin Stowell, and Morgan Freeman, Dolphin Tale pulled in $13.91 million, or about $300,000 less than originally estimated.

At no. 2, Bennett Miller's Moneyball collected $12.03 million, or about $500,000 less than estimated. Brad Pitt stars, along with Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Chris Pratt.

At no. 3, The Lion King 3D added $10.61 million, also below estimates but more than enough for it to remain well ahead of both Mike Nichols' The Graduate and Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park on Box Office Mojo's inflation-adjusted chart of all-time box office champs. Originally released in 1994, The Lion King features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and the voices of Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, and others.

Contrary to Sunday estimates, the Christian-themed drama Courageous ended up ahead of the cancer-themed dramedy 50/50. Courageous raked in $9.06 million at no. 4, while 50/50 earned $8.64 million at no. 5.

Directed by Jonathan Levine from a screenplay by Will Reiser, 50/50 features Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston. Directed by Alex Kendrick (Fireproof, Facing the Giants), who also co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Stephen Kendrick, Courageous features director Kendrick, Ben Davies, Kevin Downes, Ken Bevel, and Tony Stallings.

Released by Universal, directed by multiple Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan, and starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, and Marton Csokas, the widely panned mystery thriller Dream House drew $8.12 million at no. 6.

Next in line were John Singleton-Taylor Lautner's thriller Abduction with $5.6 million at no. 7 and the Chris Evans-Anna Faris comedy What's Your Number? with $5.42 million at no. 8.

As per Box Office Mojo, What's Your Number? suffered the fourth-worst “very wide” (3,000+ theaters) opening ever, after Luke Wilson-Logan Lerman's Hoot, David L. Cunningham's fantasy The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, and Eddie Murphy-Elizabeth Banks' Meet Dave. Sunday studio estimates were are little above the film's actual box office take; hence its one-slot higher – or rather, lower – position on the “worst ever” chart, ahead/behind Eddie Murphy's Imagine That.

Rounding out the top twelve were Jason Statham-Robert De Niro's Killer Elite with $4.91 million, Steven Soderbergh-Matt Damon-Kate Winslet's Contagion with $4.9 million, Ryan Gosling-Carey Mulligan's Drive with $3.28 million, Tate Taylor-Emma Stone-Viola Davis' The Help with $3.01 million.

It's worth pointing out that none of this week's wide releases — 50/50, Courageous, Dream House, What's Your Number? – grossed over $10 million, while only Courageous managed to only slightly pass the $9 million mark. Additionally, none of them had per-theater averages above $8,000; in fact, only Courageous had a per-theater average (way) above $4,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Courageous posted the highest per-theater average, $7,806. The Help, now on its way out of the top-twelve chart, posted the lowest, $1,204.

Also among the top twelve (barring newcomers 50/50, Courageous, Dream House, What's Your Number?), The Lion King 3D suffered the steepest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 52 percent. Dolphin Tale boasted the lowest, down 27 percent. Probably not coincidentally, The Lion King 3D Blu-ray comes out tomorrow.

Dream House picture: Universal Pictures.

Oct. 2

Christian movie Courageous Ken Bevel, Ben Davies
Austin Stowell shirtless Dolphin Tale
Ken Bevel, Ben Davies, Courageous; Austin Stowell, Dolphin Tale

New releases Courageous, 50/50, Dream House, and What's Your Number? failed to reach the top three spots at the North American box office this weekend, Sept 30-Oct. 2. Also of note, film stars – from Casino Royale's Daniel Craig to Captain America: The First Avenger's Chris Evans; from The Constant Gardener's Oscar winner Rachel Weisz to The House Bunny's Anna Faris – took the backseat to a star-powerless movie with both an inspiring Christian message and an uninspiring critics' score.

A couple of kiddie flicks – both with the advantage of 3D surcharges – landed in two of the top three spots: last weekend's no. 3 movie, Dolphin Tale, was this weekend's no. 1 movie following a small down 26 percent drop. Last weekend's no. 1 movie, The Lion King 3D, was this weekend's no. 3 movie (behind Brad Pitt's Moneyball) following a relatively steep down 49 percent drop. This weekend, the lion's roar was more subdued quite possibly because the 3D version of Disney's 1994 animated blockbuster will be out on Blu-ray next Tuesday.

According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, the Warner Bros. release Dolphin Tale earned $14.24 million, while at nearly 1,200 fewer theaters The Lion King 3D collected $11.05 million. Needless to say, The Lion King maintained its lead when it came to dollar averages per theater: $4,725 vs. $4,053.

Directed by Charles Martin Smith, Dolphin Tale features Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Austin Stowell, and Morgan Freeman, who created a ruckus last weekend with his anti-Tea Party remarks on Piers Morgan's CNN talk show. Looking at Dolphin Tale's figures and its estimated weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, it doesn't seem at all likely that Freeman's accusing Tea Partiers of being racists in any way affected the film's box office revenues. Dolphin Tale's current cume is $37.51 million. Cost: $37 million.

As for The Lion King, third spot or no, it is now no. 18 on Box Office Mojo's inflation-adjusted chart of the all-time box office champs in North America. In the last week, The Lion King surpassed both the Dustin Hoffman-Anne Bancroft-Katharine Ross 1967 blockbuster The Graduate and Steven Spielberg's 1993 reptilian hit Jurassic Park. By next Sunday, it's quite likely that The Lion King, Blu-ray release or no, will be ahead of another Spielberg flick, the 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford and Karen Allen.

Depending on how many theaters will go on screening The Lion King 3D next weekend and beyond, its next box office target should be the Paul Newman-Robert Redford Oscar winner The Sting. The total to date of the 3D release is $79.65 million.

Also this weekend, The Lion King 3D added $1.8 million overseas. The film features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and the voices of Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, and others.

Dolphin Tale picture: Jon Farmer / Warner Bros.

Directed by Capote's Bennett Miller and starring Brad Pitt, the baseball drama Moneyball was the no. 2 movie at the North American box office this weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 2), according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Sandwiched between Dolphin Tale and The Lion King 3D, Moneyball grossed $12.5 million, down an acceptable down 36 percent from last weekend. Featuring Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Chris Pratt, Moneyball's cume currently stands at $38.46 million. Cost: $50 million.

As per studio estimates, the no. 4 spot this weekend belongs to the inspirational cancer comedy-drama 50/50, starring (500) Days of Summer's Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Green Hornet's Seth Rogen. However, with a gross of $8.858 million at 2,458 locations, 50/50 was only 58,000 ahead of Sony Pictures' inspirational Christian drama Courageous' $8.85 million at 1,161 theaters. When box office actuals are released on Monday, Courageous may jump one spot.

Also worth noting, Courageous' per-theater average was obviously much higher than 50/50's: $7,580 vs. $3,604. In fact, Courageous' average was the highest among North America's top twelve movies this weekend.

Distributed by Summit Entertainment, 50/50 has a much better critics' score than Courageous: 93 percent vs. 45 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' critics. But first-weekend audiences clearly opted for the inspirational message from a Christian viewpoint.

Directed by Jonathan Levine from a screenplay by Will Reiser, 50/50 also features Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston. Directed by Alex Kendrick (Fireproof, Facing the Giants), who also co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Stephen Kendrick, Courageous tells the story of four cops who struggle with their religious beliefs in the aftermath of a major tragedy. The cast includes director Kendrick, Ben Davies, Kevin Downes, Ken Bevel, and Tony Stallings.

For comparison's sake: Kendrick's previous Christian-themed effort, the Samuel Goldwyn-released 2008 drama Fireproof, pulled in $6.83 million (approx. $7.58 million today) at 839 locations on its first weekend out, averaging $8,148 ($9,044) per theater.

In other words, looking merely at the unadjusted box office figures, it looks like Courageous performed much better than Fireproof. But when adding a little context – inflation, per-theater averages – Fireproof, perhaps because of the presence of Kirk Cameron and some romance, actually performed slightly better, especially considering that it was distributed by a much smaller entity than the mighty Sony Pictures.

Courageous reportedly cost $1m-$2 million. But “grassroots marketing” or no, selling the film – as Sony tried to expand its audience beyond the Evangelical Christian crowd – surely cost much more than making it.

Courageous picture: Sony Pictures.

Mark Mylod, Anna Faris, What's Your Number?
Mark Mylod, Anna Faris on the set of What's Your Number?

Released by Universal, directed by multiple Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan, and starring James Bond a.k.a. Daniel Craig, Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, Oscar nominee Naomi Watts, and Marton Csokas, the widely panned mystery thriller Dream House raked in only $8.2 million at 2,661 locations in North America this weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 2, '11), according to studio estimates. Dream House's average was a highly disappointing $3,085 per theater.

That's Daniel Craig's second box office flop this year, following the highly disappointing performance of Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, Craig's highly expensive summer pairing with Harrison Ford.

Craig, in fact, hasn't been very box office friendly when not in Bond mode. Prior to his three-year hiatus from films, Defiance, The Invasion, Flashbacks of a Fool, and The Golden Compass were all domestic financial misfires, though the last film did become a major international blockbuster. We'll see if David Fincher's remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will enhance Craig's box office appeal in North America.

At no. 7, down three spots from last weekend, Taylor Lautner's Abduction drew $5.65 million, down 48 percent. Considering how poor the movie's reviews have been and the fact that Lautner's Twilight Saga fans were supposed to have frontloaded its box office revenues by comprising the bulk of the first-weekend audience, such a drop-off rate – if accurate – isn't bad at all. For comparison's sake: Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, one of the best-reviewed movies of the year, was down 49 percent on its second weekend.

To date, Abduction has taken in $19.13 million domestically. Lily Collins, Maria Bello, and Sigourney Weaver are Lautner's co-stars. John Singleton directed the $35 million-budgeted thriller.

The no. 8 movie was Mark Mylod's comedy What's Your Number?, featuring an extensive cast that includes Captain America: The First Avenger's Chris Evans, The House Bunny's Anna Faris, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto, Ari Graynor, Martin Freeman, Blythe Danner, Chris Pratt, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Anthony Mackie.

On its debut weekend, What's Your Number? scored a measly $5.6 million at 3,002 locations; its per theater average was a dismal $1,865. As per Box Office Mojo's Ray Subers, that's “one of the worst numbers for a super-saturated (3,000+ theaters) release ever.” The fifth-worst, to be more precise, after Luke Wilson-Logan Lerman's Hoot, David L. Cunningham's fantasy The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, Eddie Murphy-Elizabeth Banks' Meet Dave, and Murphy's Imagine That.

Reviewers surely didn't help What's Your Number?'s box office prospects, as the film has a 7 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Anna Faris, by the way, also received credit as executive producer.

Rounding out the top twelve were Steven Soderbergh-Matt Damon-Marion Cotillard's Contagion with $5.04 million (down 40 percent), Jason Statham-Robert De Niro's Killer Elite with $4.85 million (down 48 percent), Ryan Gosling-Carey Mulligan's Drive with $3.33 million (down 42 percent), Tate Taylor-Emma Stone-Viola Davis' The Help with $3 million (down 31 percent).

In case you failed to notice, I should point out that none of this week's new wide releases — 50/50, Courageous, Dream House, What's Your Number? – grossed over $9 million. And none of them had per-theater averages above $8,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Courageous posted the highest per-theater average, $7,580. The Help, now on its way out of the top-twelve chart, posted the lowest, $1,200.

Also among the top twelve (barring newcomers 50/50, Courageous, Dream House, What's Your Number?), The Lion King 3D suffered the steepest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 49.6 percent. Dolphin Tale boasted the lowest, down 26 percent.

What's Your Number? picture: Claire Folger / 20th Century Fox

Oct. 1

Courageous, Alex Kendrick, Kevin Downes
Alex Kendrick, Kevin Downes, Courageous

Newcomers Courageous, 50/50, Dream House, and What's Your Number failed to make it to the top three spots at the North American box office on Friday, Sept. 30. Also of note, movie stars – e.g., Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Chris Evans – took the backseat to a Christian Message.

Directed by Capote's Bennett Miller and starring Brad Pitt, the baseball drama Moneyball topped the U.S. and Canada chart, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Moneyball, which has for the most part trailed behind The Lion King 3D this past week, grossed $3.85 million (down 43 percent from last Friday). Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Chris Pratt co-star.

Kiddie flicks – both with the advantage of 3D surcharges – came next: at no. 2, Dolphin Tale earned $3.46 million (down 32 percent), while at nearly 1,200 fewer theaters The Lion King 3D collected $3.3 million. Directed by Charles Martin Smith, Dolphin Tale features Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Austin Stowell, and Morgan Freeman. The Lion King features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and the voices of Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, and others.

It remains to be seen whether Moneyball will also top the weekend, or, more likely, if the box office crown will go to either Dolphin Tale or – for the third consecutive weekend – The Lion King 3D.

Distributed by Columbia/Tri-Star, the Christian drama Courageous was no. 4, with $3.1 million at 1,161 locations. If estimates are correct, the film's average was a solid $2,670 per theater – an especially impressive figure considering Courageous' lack of box office names and mixed critical reception: a mediocre 45 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' critics.

Directed by Alex Kendrick (Fireproof, Facing the Giants), who also co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Stephen Kendrick, Courageous tells the story of four cops who struggle with their religious beliefs following a tragic event. The cast includes director Kendrick, Ben Davies, and Kevin Downes.

Courageous picture: Tri-Star / Sony Pictures.

Chris Evans What's Your Number?
Chris Evans, What's Your Number?

Despite the presence of bigger names – (500) Days of Summer's Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Green Hornet's Seth Rogen – and much better reviews than Courageous (88 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics), Summit Entertainment's 50/50 opened at no. 5 in North America, with a disappointing $2.86 million at 2,458 sites according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Whether or not the cancer topic put people off, 50/50's average was a poor $1,166 per theater. Directed by Jonathan Levine from a screenplay by Will Reiser, 50/50 also features Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston.

Released by Universal, directed by multiple Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan, and starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, and Marton Csokas, Dream House lured even fewer patrons. At no. 6, the thriller brought in a paltry $2.66 million at 2,661 locations, averaging only $1,000 per site. That's Craig's second box office flop this year, following the highly disappointing performance of his pairing with Harrison Ford, Cowboys & Aliens, last summer.

The no. 7 movie was another newcomer: Mark Mylod's comedy What's Your Number?, featuring an extensive cast that includes Captain America: The First Avenger's Chris Evans, Anna Faris, Zachary Quinto, Ari Graynor, Martin Freeman, Blythe Danner, Chris Pratt, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Anthony Mackie. What's Your Number? pulled in a mere $2.05 million at 3,002 locations; its per theater average was a dismal $683. Reviewers surely didn't help the film's box office prospects, as What's Your Number? has a dismal 7 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics.

Down four spots (from last Friday) at no. 8, Taylor Lautner's Abduction drew $1.7 million. That marked a surprising 150 percent jump from the previous day, the highest among the top twelve films. Even so, Abduction was down 56 percent compared to last Friday. Lily Collins, Maria Bello, and Sigourney Weaver co-star; John Singleton directed the poorly reviewed thriller.

Rounding out the top twelve were Jason Statham-Robert De Niro's Killer Elite with $1.52 million, Steven Soderbergh-Matt Damon-Marion Cotillard's Contagion with $1.46 million, Ryan Gosling-Carey Mulligan's Drive with $1.01 million, Tate Taylor-Emma Stone-Viola Davis' The Help with $894,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Courageous posted the highest per-theater average, $2,670. The Lion King 3D, assisted by 3D surcharges, came in second with $1,412. The Help, now on its way out of the top-twelve chart, posted the lowest, $357. [Note: This is a corrected version of this paragraph.]

What's Your Number? picture: Claire Folger / 20th Century Fox.

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  1. Dustin says:

    The true test will be in the following weeks. Good movies will get good word-of-mouth. Mediocre/bad movies will fizzle despite their marketing. Opening weekends may be a poor litmus test for the quality of a movie.

  2. Teresa says:

    I saw Corageous with my family this weekend. I am a strong , full time working mother. I do feel that the lines have been blurred for men in our society. They were created to be the leaders of our household, and unfortunately not too many of them accept this position as earnestly as they do their "daytime" jobs. I feel this has lossened the moral fabric of our society, and is partially the reason we are on a tailspin in the wrong direction. The movie has a great message. I just pray that the men who watch it actually put the message in action in their daily lives! I especially pray that my husband does!

  3. Ed. says:

    COURAGEOUS, simply the best inspirational movie ever!!!!

  4. jay says:

    People are sick of slutty blondes, Daniel Craig in non-James Bond roles, and dark comedies. Religious movies rule