Box Office Results for October 14, 2011

This weekend, the worldwide protests against remakes came out in full force this weekend as the robot boxers of Real Steel squeaked out a victory over the 80s remake of Footloose and the prequel to The Thing, while the weekend’s other new release The Big Year crashed and burned.  Overall the box office dropped nearly 37% from last year.

Holding on for a second straight weekend at the top of the charts was the Hugh Jackman robot boxing family drama Real Steel which fell a respectable 40% from last weekend to an estimated $16.3M, bringing its total to $51.7M. With two more weeks before Puss in Boots comes gunning for the family audience and IMAX theaters, a final in the $90-100M range is likely, with that century mark a definite possibility.

The heavily hyped remake Footloose landed in second place this weekend with an estimated $16.1M from 3,549 dance halls, for a per screen average of a so-so $4,536.  The film opened at #1 on Friday, but lost steam as the weekend went along and families came out to see Real Steel, which was #1 on Saturday and Sunday.  With a CinemaScore of an astounding A, it seems the people who actually went out to see Footloose really liked it, but getting past the stigma of remaking a beloved 80s classic was apparently a but too much to overcome for Paramount and Spyglass.

An 80s prequel film landed with a thud in third place as Universal‘s horror flick The Thing grossed an estimated $8.7M from 2,996 screens, for a per screen average of a very sad $2,904.  Horror remakes have done reasonably well with tremendously front-loaded opening weekends before falling apart – New Line and Paramount’s  Friday the 13th and New Line’s A Nightmare on Elm Street to name a couple – but it seems the name recognition of The Thing or the “prequel” notion didn’t have quite the cachet of the others.

Holdovers took the next five spots on the charts, each falling less than 31% from last weekend.  Fourth place belonged to George Clooney with his political thriller The Ides of March, which dropped a slim 28% in its second weekend to an estimated $7.5M, bringing its cume to $22M.  A final in the $50M range seems likely unless it manages to pick up a bunch of year-end awards, at which point the ides of a re-release (or re-expansion) seems likely to happen, which could push its total higher.  Fifth place went to Dolphin Tale, which took in an estimated $6.3M bringing its total to $58.7M.  And the film it’s been running neck and neck with since their openings last month came in close behind in sixth as Moneyball took in $5.5M, according to estimates, seeing its total rise to $57.7M.

Two tales of courage took seventh and eighth this weekend.  The dramedy 50/50 had the lowest drop in the top 10, falling only 23.7% to an estimated $4.3M, bringing its cume to $24.3M.  And the Christian-themed Courageous held on well in its third weekend, falling 30% to an estimated $3.4M, bringing its total to $21.4M for TriStar and Sherwood.

We had to take out a pair of binoculars to see the Steve Martin/Owen Wilson/Jack Black comedy The Big Year on the charts, but there it is, tucked into 9th place this weekend with an estimated $3.3M from 2,150 screens, for a dismal per screen average of $1,547.  With a CinemaScore of a B-, this is another film that won’t last very long in theaters.  Rounding out the top 10 was the animated mega-hit The Lion King 3D, which roared its way to an estimated $2.7M in the 5th weekend of its 2-week limited release.  Its total for the re-release is $90M, with its overall total now at $419M, putting it at #9 on the all-time blockbuster list, just ahead of the Pixar film Toy Story 3 ($415M in 2010) and just behind yet another DISNEY film, 2006’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($423.3M).

The top ten films grossed $74.2M, which was down $36.6% from last year when MTV FilmsJackass 3D opened in the top spot with a new October record of $50.4M; and down 40.5% from 2009 when Warner Bros. PicturesWhere the Wild Things Are debuted at number one with $32.7M.

October 14, 2011 to October 16, 2011 Top Ten



1.   Real Steel

2.   Footloose

  • $16,100,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Viacom) and Spyglass Entertainment

3.   The Thing

  • $8,718,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal)

4.   The Ides of March

5.   Dolphin Tale

6.   Moneyball

  • $5,500,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony)

7.   50/50

8.   Courageous

  • $3,400,000
  • a TriStar release (Sony)
  • Sherwood Pictures

9.   The Big Year

10. The Lion King: In Disney Digital 3D


October 15, 2010 to October 17, 2010 Top Ten



1.   Jackass 3D

  • $50,354,000
  • MTV Films (Viacom)

2.   Red

3.   The Social Network

  • $10,317,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony)

4.   Secretariat

5.   Life as We Know It

  • $8,955,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Time Warner)

6.   Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

  • $4,228,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Time Warner)

7.   The Town

  • $3,997,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Time Warner)

8.   My Soul to Take

9.   Easy A

10. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps


October 16, 2009 to October 18, 2009 Top Ten



1.   Where the Wild Things Are

  • $32,695,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Time Warner)

2.   Law Abiding Citizen

3.   Paranormal Activity

  • $19,618,000
  • DreamWorks Pictures (Viacom)

4.   Couples Retreat

  • $17,227,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal)

5.   The Stepfather

  • $11,582,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony)

6.   Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

7.   Zombieland

  • $7,617,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony)

8.   Toy Story & Toy Story 2: In Disney Digital 3D

  • $3,017,000
  • Pixar Animation Studios (Disney)

9.   Surrogates

  • $1,917,000
  • Touchstone Pictures (Disney)

10. The Invention of Lying

~ by Matt Whitfield on October 17, 2011.

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