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Box office: Uplifting, religious films perform strongly [Video]

October 3, 2011 |  2:04 pm

Dolphin Tale was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend"Dolphin Tale," a 3-D family film that debuted at No. 3 the weekend of Sept. 23, rose to the top of the box office in its second weekend of release. The movie was one of three holdovers that resonated with audiences this past weekend, including the baseball drama "Moneyball" and a 3-D version of the animated classic "The Lion King."

In a somewhat unusual turn of events, all three older pictures beat out four fresh ones at the box office, including the so-called cancer comedy "50/50" and the costly supernatural thriller "Dream House." Of the new films to hit theaters this weekend, the Christian drama "Courageous" got off to the strongest start. The movie is the latest uplifting flick to catch on with religious audiences, as I explain in this week's box-office video report.


'Dolphin Tale' rises to the top

Hollywood shines a light on the spiritual

Review: 'Courageous,' from Alex Kendrick

-- Amy Kaufman


Photo: Nathan Gamble plays with a sea creature in "Dolphin Tale." Credit: Warner Bros.