Robots take out the Dancers at the Box Office

Remakes of 80’s movies sure aren’t doing the business that Hollywood hoped they would. After the dual bombs of remakes Fright Night and Conan the Barbarian, two more redos entered the fray this weekend with one, The Thing, tanking right away with just $8.7 million (and another dud for Universal) while the other did just ok. The latter was the remake of Footloose starring newcomer Kenny Wormald and Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough which landed $16.1 million, a decent opening but not enough to hit the top. It was beaten by the robots of Real Steel which held at # 1 for a second week with $16.3 million. While the new version of Loose will make a profit due to its lower budget, it’s unlikely to become a smash like the Kevin Bacon starring original. So, why is Hollywood even bothering with these remakes? You got me? … Instead they should continue to make good films like the George Clooney drama The Ides of March, Brad Pitt’s Moneyball, and 50/50 which all dropped less than 30% at the box office. It’s great to see strong films continue to get sampling while the drivel falls by the wayside…. Oh, and one other movie opened to disastrous results, the bird watching comedy (um, who greenlit that?) The Big Year starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson which was DOA with just $3.3 million. For more on all these numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Real Steel BV $16,304,000 -40.3% 3,440 – $4,740 $51,744,000 – 2
2 N Footloose (2011) Par. $16,100,000 – 3,549 – $4,536 $16,100,000 $24 1
3 N The Thing (2011) Uni. $8,700,000 – 2,996 – $2,904 $8,700,000 – 1
4 2 The Ides of March Sony $7,500,000 -28.4% 2,199 – $3,411 $22,154,000 – 2
5 3 Dolphin Tale WB $6,345,000 -30.5% 3,286 -192 $1,931 $58,672,000 $37 4
6 4 Moneyball Sony $5,500,000 -26.2% 2,840 -178 $1,937 $57,712,000 $50 4
7 5 50/50 Sum. $4,315,000 -23.7% 2,391 -88 $1,805 $24,334,000 $8 3
8 6 Courageous TriS $3,400,000 -30.2% 1,214 +53 $2,801 $21,378,000 $2 3
9 N The Big Year Fox $3,325,000 – 2,150 – $1,547 $3,325,000 – 1
10 7 The Lion King (in 3D) BV $2,708,000 -41.1% 1,970 -297 $1,375 $90,452,000 – 5

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