Box office results: ‘Dolphin Tale’ wins, ’50/50′ lower than expected

Rising to the top.

The weekend estimates are in from the box office, and we once again have proof that movies with high CinemaScores typically hold up way over a long period of time.

In its second week in theaters, “Dolphin Tale” — which received an A+ grade for viewers — dropped only 25.6% from its first run to gross $14.2 million. Without there being any huge hits at the moment out there, this was easily enough to land the movie #1. (It also just passed its $37 million production budget.)

Meanwhile, “Moneyball” also held on well, falling just 36% in its second weekend to ultimately gross $12.5 million. “The Lion King (in 3D)” is probably celebrating its last big weekend thanks to the upcoming DVD release, and thanks to an $11 million total it has nearly reached $80 million domestically.

When it comes to the new releases, “50/50” scored a #4 release over “Courageous” by a slim margin — but it still comes out the loser only because it cost four times as much money to make. (Ultimately, both films are likely to turn a profit.) “Dream House” also joined these two movies in grossing just over $8 million, while “What’s Your Number?” quickly found out that its number was barely in the top 10 at #8, grossing $5.6 million in a disappointing first outing.

What did you see this weekend?

Photo: Warner Bros.

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