‘Courageous’ Continues Box Office Success; Beats ‘The Lion King’ 3D
By Jeff Schapiro
After a successful opening weekend at the box office last week, the Christian film “Courageous” proved once again that it can hang with some of Hollywood’s big hitters in its second weekend in theaters.
Early estimates show that the film brought in approximately $4.6 million between last Friday and Sunday, making it the weekend’s sixth highest overall earner, according to boxofficemojo.com.
The weekend’s top earner was “Real Steel,” Hugh Jackman’s (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Australia”) newly released robot boxing flick, which brought in an estimated gross of $27.3 million in its first few days in theaters.
“The Ides of March,” a political drama with a cast led by Hollywood hot-shots George Clooney (“Ocean’s Eleven,” “The American”) and Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), was the runner-up, taking in $10.4 million.
The two biggest earners were followed by “Dolphin Tale” ($9.2 million), “Moneyball” ($7.5 million) and “50/50” ($5.5 million). “Courageous” followed “50/50,” but brought in more money than the 3D version of “The Lion King” ($4.55 million), “Dream House” ($4.5 million) and “What’s Your Number?” ($3 million) in its successful second weekend.
But despite all of its financial success, the makers of “Courageous” hope that the film will do more than just reach the top of the charts.
“Obviously, success for us is changed lives,” the film’s director, Alex Kendrick, told The New York Times in an interview…
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