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Weekend Box-Office: October 14-16, 2011

10.16.2011

Moviegoers dig their fighting robots..

After seeing our poll results from last weekend in which we asked our readers to let us know which October film "excited" them the most (and they chose NONE OF THE ABOVE by a big margin!), it wasn't too much of a surprise to run into yet another "meh" box-office weekend as Disney's REAL STEEL maintained the top spot, despite a close call from the latest remake on the charts FOOTLOOSE, which finished in 2nd place. That said, the numbers below are just "estimates" so the rankings may actually change by Monday when the actual figures are announced (right now, there is only a $200,000 difference between #1 and #2).

The other remake released this past weekend (sigh) called THE THING apparently wasn't as bad as people expected, but I'm sure if you asked those very same people, most would say that they'd have preferred the studio created a BRAND NEW movie based on a (get this) an ORIGINAL IDEA!! Aaaaah, I remember the good ol' days when films that we're being released in theaters weren't just sequels, prequels, remakes and TV spinoffs. Bah! Enough about how much the gool ol' days rocked.... 

Which brings us to the third new release of the weekend for a film starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black and legendary comedian Steve Martin, the latter of whom apparently needs money more than anyone else from his generation as he doesn't mind doing total crap for money from time to time (SGT. BILKO, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, THE PINK PANTHER....). A shame for a guy who used to be known as an original creative mind on the scene. Nowadays, Martin is relegated to taking shitty roles in shitty movies like THE BIG YEAR which Fox under-promoted because they likely knew how shitty it was. Then why make it in the first place, people?!?! Oh and THE BIG YEAR opened in 9th place with $3M. The film cost $41M to make.

The rest of the top 10 remained relatively the same except for most films moving down a notch or two and three films getting booted from the top 10 in order to make room for the latest releases including DREAM HOUSE ($18M), CONTAGION ($72M) and WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER ($13M).

Next week is apparently the only weekend during which Hollywood studios will release a "horror movie" this Halloween month, as PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 moves into theaters with very little info on the film. RESIDENT EVIL guru Paul WS Anderson will also be taking the latest shot at THE THREE MUSKETEERS saga (sigh), while Mr. Bean is back with JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN. So after this weekend's 2 remakes being released, next weekend sees 1 remake and 2 sequels. Fun times...not. But just for shits and giggles, how much $$$ do you think PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 will earn over its opening weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Real Steel $16.3 M $51.7 M
2. Footloose $16.1 M
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3. The Thing $8.7 M
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4. The Ides of March $7.5 M $22.2 M
5. Dolphin Tale $6.3 M $58.7 M
6. Moneyball $5.5 M $57.7 M
7. 50/50 $4.3 M $24.3 M
8. Courageous $3.4 M $21.4 M
9. The Big Year $3.3 M
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10. The Lion King $2.7 M $90.5 M

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9:33PM on 10/17/2011
I just read the summary of Real Steel on Wikipedia, and am disappointed, but unsurprised, that it has virtually no connection to its source material "Steel" by Richard Matheson. For that matter, is seems so pointless for the production company to have acquired the rights to "Steel" if they were not going to adhere to the story in any way.
I just read the summary of Real Steel on Wikipedia, and am disappointed, but unsurprised, that it has virtually no connection to its source material "Steel" by Richard Matheson. For that matter, is seems so pointless for the production company to have acquired the rights to "Steel" if they were not going to adhere to the story in any way.
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11:15AM on 10/17/2011

Thing Premake can sucka nut.

Nobody I know even remotely liked it. They all came out saying the same thing, it had potential to be good but the CGI killed it and they lost all tension with the "who could it be now" suspense...
Nobody I know even remotely liked it. They all came out saying the same thing, it had potential to be good but the CGI killed it and they lost all tension with the "who could it be now" suspense...
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9:11AM on 10/17/2011
Wasn't Real Steel a remake of that one Futurama episode...?
Wasn't Real Steel a remake of that one Futurama episode...?
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5:24AM on 10/17/2011
Footloose was a lot better than I expected. Can't compare it to the original since I haven't seen it, but it was a pretty entertaining date movie.
Footloose was a lot better than I expected. Can't compare it to the original since I haven't seen it, but it was a pretty entertaining date movie.
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6:51AM on 10/17/2011
see the original!
see the original!
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12:01AM on 10/17/2011
I'd rather have a good remake or sequel, than an original piece of crap. And the so called "good ol' days" were also full of crappy remakes and sequels. Especially in the horror genre.
I'd rather have a good remake or sequel, than an original piece of crap. And the so called "good ol' days" were also full of crappy remakes and sequels. Especially in the horror genre.
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10:56PM on 10/16/2011
My wife and I exchange what movie we go to see and its my turn. Im not wasting my movie pick on any of these releases with a sarah jessica parker movie hangin out there.
My wife and I exchange what movie we go to see and its my turn. Im not wasting my movie pick on any of these releases with a sarah jessica parker movie hangin out there.
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6:52AM on 10/17/2011
alternate.
alternate.
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9:56PM on 10/16/2011
Say what you will about the quality of The Thing prequel but the film IS an extension of a REMAKE. Anyone else get the irony of complaining about a lack of originality and celebrating the glory days when Hollywood made....remakes? Just in horror, I remember The Blob, Cat People, Fatal Attraction, The Fly, Invaders from Mars, etc. Not to mention an endless number of Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween films. Hollywood's been riding the remake train for decades. Nothing
Say what you will about the quality of The Thing prequel but the film IS an extension of a REMAKE. Anyone else get the irony of complaining about a lack of originality and celebrating the glory days when Hollywood made....remakes? Just in horror, I remember The Blob, Cat People, Fatal Attraction, The Fly, Invaders from Mars, etc. Not to mention an endless number of Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween films. Hollywood's been riding the remake train for decades. Nothing new. Personally, I'm glad Hollywood remakes films because if not, I'd wouldn't have Carpenter's The Thing, Cronenberg's The Fly, The Magnificent Seven, The Departed, True Lies, Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or True Grit.
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12:38AM on 10/17/2011
Thanks for this... I don't know why anyone thinks that remakes are new or there has ever been a time in history that remakes weren't part of the norm.
Thanks for this... I don't know why anyone thinks that remakes are new or there has ever been a time in history that remakes weren't part of the norm.
1:44AM on 10/17/2011
Indeed, but the difference is that most of the remakes from those early periods either had an original take on those properties (Cronenberg's The Fly, Carpenter's The Thing), had to rely on practical things like good writing, acting, and practical effects, or both. These days it's easy to get away with lazy filmmaking by throwing in a bunch of special effects and simply replicate what works for the original films, as opposed to doing something different. I don't think that people complain so
Indeed, but the difference is that most of the remakes from those early periods either had an original take on those properties (Cronenberg's The Fly, Carpenter's The Thing), had to rely on practical things like good writing, acting, and practical effects, or both. These days it's easy to get away with lazy filmmaking by throwing in a bunch of special effects and simply replicate what works for the original films, as opposed to doing something different. I don't think that people complain so much about remakes as they complain about bad remakes, which tends to be more of the case these days.
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9:04PM on 10/16/2011
I think it's funny how hard it was for the guy posting to admit that The Thing, was a pretty fun flick. Why is it so painful that the movie was good?
I think it's funny how hard it was for the guy posting to admit that The Thing, was a pretty fun flick. Why is it so painful that the movie was good?
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8:13PM on 10/16/2011
so tell us how you really feel about movies today mr. joblo....*thumbs up*
so tell us how you really feel about movies today mr. joblo....*thumbs up*
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7:46PM on 10/16/2011
zzzzzzzzzzzz 2012 yet? no? k-zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
zzzzzzzzzzzz 2012 yet? no? k-zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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7:08PM on 10/16/2011

:)

Im very happy Footloose did good, its really one of the better remakes ive seen and its pure fun the entire movie. For you who think the ban on dancing remake was useless, you would be suprised that there are still over 5,000 or more counties with the dancing ban...Either way tho the movie is AWESOME
Im very happy Footloose did good, its really one of the better remakes ive seen and its pure fun the entire movie. For you who think the ban on dancing remake was useless, you would be suprised that there are still over 5,000 or more counties with the dancing ban...Either way tho the movie is AWESOME
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8:01PM on 10/16/2011
I hope you live in one of those 5,000 counties. I will say u got a big set posting that footloose remake is awesome. Just sayin
I hope you live in one of those 5,000 counties. I will say u got a big set posting that footloose remake is awesome. Just sayin
12:44AM on 10/17/2011
If he digs the movie he digs the movie. You can like, or dislike, flicks outside of the realm of popular opinion (which I'm assuming is the genesis of this sites 'un-popular opinion' column) without having a "big set". I wasn't interested in the remake until I heard Craig Brewer directed it. That alone should have purchased some authenticity for it.
If he digs the movie he digs the movie. You can like, or dislike, flicks outside of the realm of popular opinion (which I'm assuming is the genesis of this sites 'un-popular opinion' column) without having a "big set". I wasn't interested in the remake until I heard Craig Brewer directed it. That alone should have purchased some authenticity for it.
6:54AM on 10/17/2011
did well...not good.
did well...not good.
6:42PM on 10/16/2011

The Thing

I saw THE THING and thought it was fine. Not great, maybe not even good, but fine. I didn't regret seeing it and didn't leave mad. It's a prequel though, not a remake. It follows pretty much the same story but that was what was so eerie about the first move; when they went to the Norwegian base you could see everything that had happened to the Norwegians was about to happen to them. Er, anyways, it's a little annoying everyone is calling it a remake but I understand the confusion. Maybe it's a
I saw THE THING and thought it was fine. Not great, maybe not even good, but fine. I didn't regret seeing it and didn't leave mad. It's a prequel though, not a remake. It follows pretty much the same story but that was what was so eerie about the first move; when they went to the Norwegian base you could see everything that had happened to the Norwegians was about to happen to them. Er, anyways, it's a little annoying everyone is calling it a remake but I understand the confusion. Maybe it's a remake-quel?
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6:33PM on 10/16/2011
I actually really enjoy Sgt. Bilko! I can see how perhaps people would not like it, but I find the movie hilarious!

As for Paranormal Activity 3... the plot is pretty much known, it follows the 2 girls (Katie and her sister) from when they were kids and the spirit started haunting them! At least that is what I got from the trailers!

I am glad Footloose underwhelmed... sometimes a remake can be awesome and needed to update it for a new generation, but Footloose?! C'mon people! In 2011
I actually really enjoy Sgt. Bilko! I can see how perhaps people would not like it, but I find the movie hilarious!

As for Paranormal Activity 3... the plot is pretty much known, it follows the 2 girls (Katie and her sister) from when they were kids and the spirit started haunting them! At least that is what I got from the trailers!

I am glad Footloose underwhelmed... sometimes a remake can be awesome and needed to update it for a new generation, but Footloose?! C'mon people! In 2011 there is a town that *Gasp* bans Dancing! There was absolutely no need to "Update" Footloose!
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6:26PM on 10/16/2011

Now people say they want original movies

And yet 9 out of the top 10 most popular upcoming movies (according to this site) are sequels, spin-offs and remakes. And the 10th is based on a popular book.
I mean I agree that there need to be more original ideas but at the same time we can't complain too much if we want to see the latest comic book film.
I mean even Drive was a throwback to 80's films.
And yet 9 out of the top 10 most popular upcoming movies (according to this site) are sequels, spin-offs and remakes. And the 10th is based on a popular book.
I mean I agree that there need to be more original ideas but at the same time we can't complain too much if we want to see the latest comic book film.
I mean even Drive was a throwback to 80's films.
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7:58PM on 10/16/2011
I'm pretty sure the people complaining about a lack of originality aren't the ones supporting these films.. they're severely outnumbered. When Paul Blart makes 150 million you know that you're outnumbered.
I'm pretty sure the people complaining about a lack of originality aren't the ones supporting these films.. they're severely outnumbered. When Paul Blart makes 150 million you know that you're outnumbered.
5:56PM on 10/16/2011
I got lost in all the negativity.

Glad Real Steel won the Box Office again. Fuck Footloose.
I got lost in all the negativity.

Glad Real Steel won the Box Office again. Fuck Footloose.
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