October 3, 2011
Box Office Guru! Dolphin Rises to #1 Spot
Despite four new offerings on the table, moviegoers chose feel-good leftovers as the top three films from last weekend remained unchanged, although their order certainly saw some shuffling. The animal pic Dolphin Tale rose from third to first place thanks to a terrific hold while Brad Pitt's baseball flick Moneyball stayed in second and two-time champ The Lion King 3D fell to third. New releases saw mostly mild results although the inspirational faith-based drama Courageous delivered a potent debut in fifth and was the only wide release to average more than $5,000 over the frame.
September 23, 2011
Critics Consensus: Moneyball is Certified Fresh
This week at the movies, we?ve got baseball nerds (Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill), aquatic rehab (Dolphin Tale, starring Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman), an assassin-dodging teen (Abduction, starring Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins), and a tough-guy showdown (Killer Elite, starring Jason Statham and Clive Owen). What do the critics have to say? Do you love The Natural, but wish the movie had found time to take a closer look at Roy Hobbs?s OPS and weighted on base average? Well then, Moneyball is the movie for you, and critics say it?s a moving, witty underdog tale that somehow manages to find drama in baseball stat geekdom.