‘Moneyball’ on track to open number one at box office

LOS ANGELES - A movie about a mid-market baseball team winning its division 10 years ago with some nifty backroom player analysis is about to win the weekend box office.

By (Reuters)

Published: Sat 24 Sep 2011, 10:33 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:56 AM

Of course, having Brad Pitt around certainly isn’t hurting Sony’s “Moneyball,” which, according to early domestic box office returns, is on a pace to exceed $23 million this weekend.

Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale” looks like it will finish in a strong second place, pacing at around $20 million and also slightly above pre-release projections.

In third place, Disney continues to generate nifty found money with its 3D re-release of “The Lion King” — the animated classic is on pace for around $18 million, according to early data.

Two other new releases, Lionsgate’s “Abduction” and Open Road’s “Killer Elite,” are both on pace to meet low-end projections of around $12 million - $13 million.

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