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Weekend Box-Office: October 7-9, 2011

10.09.2011

Robots + Disney + Jackman = hit!

It's rare that an entire weekend box-office report doesn't include anything that "surprising" per se, but I think this week is one of those. Granted, Hugh Jackman and his merry robots from REAL STEEL broke out of the pack and achieved an impressive #1 showing with around $27M, but honestly...who wasn't expecting that? (close to 40% of the JoBlo.com readers we polled last weekend had it in exactly that range) The film did cost $110M to make, but the word of mouth has been pretty positive so far, and with the rest of October not looking all that interesting, the movie might ultimately end up making close to $100M (or I'm talking out of my ass).

The other new release of the weekend, George Clooney's THE IDES OF MARCH (no idea what that means, by the way) also fared well with a 2nd place showing and about $10M in receipts. And because of those two new films, DOLPHIN TALE was knocked down to 3rd place after one week in the top spot. MONEYBALL also dropped one spot from 3rd to 4th place this weekend, as both films close in on the $50M mark.

The biggest drop-off from last weekend to this one came from THE LION KING, which lost 57% of its audience from last week. Seeing as REAL STEEL was a "family film", it's obvious that most of those same peeps decided to check out the robots instead. That said, THE LION KING has now generated $85M since its 3D re-release, which ain't too shabby when you consider that it had already grossed $313M during its original release back in 1994. The film's overall total is now $414M, which moves it up from around 31st place on the All-Time Domestic Box-Office charts to 10th place! (only TOY STORY 3 and SHREK 2 have made more money domestically as an animated film)

Seth Rogen's cancer-comedy 50/50 also fared decently this weekend as it remained in 5th place for a second weekend in a row. The film has now grossed close to $20M and cost only about $8M to produce. The 2 films to get booted from the top 10 in order to make way for the two new releases were CONTAGION ($69M) and KILLER ELITE ($22M).

Next weekend is an odd one as a few "big name"-starring films will be receiving only "limited releases" including TRESPASS starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman and FATHER OF INVENTION starring Kevin Spacey. No worries about catching them in theaters though as both films will be released on home video in the coming weeks! TRESPASS will be out on DVD on November 1st, while FATHER OF INVENTION will hit video-stores (do they still exist?) on October 28th. Weird.

And speaking of weird, I can't find any reliable information about the Julia Roberts/Ryan Reynolds film FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN other than the IMBD which states that it will be coming out next weekend. The film was shot back in 2007, but had problems with its distribution...and then some! If you know exactly what is happening with this film, please post it in the STRIKE BACKs below.

Finally, the 3 wide releases opening next weekend include THE BIG YEAR starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson (this looks hooooorrible), FOOTLOOSE (this looks hooooooorible) and the remake - prequel - sequel - lame-ass-idea THE THING (this looks hoooooorrible). So more importantly, which October film are you most excited about, if any? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Real Steel $27.3 M
NEW
2. The Ides of March $10.4 M
NEW
3. Dolphin Tale $9.2 M $49.1 M
4. Moneyball $7.5 M $49.3 M
5. 50/50 $5.5 M $17.3 M
6. Courageous $4.6 M $15.9 M
7. The Lion King $4.6 M $85.9 M
8. Dream House $4.5 M $14.5 M
9. What's Your Number? $3.1 M $10.3 M
10. Abduction $2.9 M $23.4 M

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10:43AM on 10/10/2011

A little info on fireflies

My guess is this film has been doing the international rounds. It probably got distribution elsewhere and now its being brought back to the usa. Here is the coming soon link on it.

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My guess is this film has been doing the international rounds. It probably got distribution elsewhere and now its being brought back to the usa. Here is the coming soon link on it.

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12:15AM on 10/10/2011
didn't like Ides as much as i thought i would
didn't like Ides as much as i thought i would
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11:44PM on 10/09/2011
Pitiful...minus "The Lion King" which seems about right at this point? Even so-NO Slim Jim.
Pitiful...minus "The Lion King" which seems about right at this point? Even so-NO Slim Jim.
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10:33PM on 10/09/2011
Happy for Hugh Jackman to have another hit movie on his resume. I agree with the article saying it could have legs thru the rest of the month. Plus ya gotta give Disney credit they marketed the hell out of this movie, other studios should take note.
Happy for Hugh Jackman to have another hit movie on his resume. I agree with the article saying it could have legs thru the rest of the month. Plus ya gotta give Disney credit they marketed the hell out of this movie, other studios should take note.
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10:17PM on 10/09/2011

Good for 50/50

Let's keep hoping that it continues to have legs like this. Everybody should go see this wonderful movie.
Let's keep hoping that it continues to have legs like this. Everybody should go see this wonderful movie.
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9:36PM on 10/09/2011

Loved Real Steel

Good news for everyone involved :)
Good news for everyone involved :)
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9:03PM on 10/09/2011
I have no problem if people enjoyed Real Steel and had a blast with it.. the movie just wasn't for me.

I'm glad Jackman got a hit though, and I'm also glad to see Abduction sinking like a fucking rock. I guess the Twilight crowd can only get you so far.
I have no problem if people enjoyed Real Steel and had a blast with it.. the movie just wasn't for me.

I'm glad Jackman got a hit though, and I'm also glad to see Abduction sinking like a fucking rock. I guess the Twilight crowd can only get you so far.
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8:16PM on 10/09/2011
Screw the haters, I am glad Real Steel came in first. It looks fun as hell and good for Hugh Jackman to have another hit under his belt that doesn't involve X-Men. Hope his next couple of movies do the same at the box office.

Ides of March was really, really good and I hope it makes more at the Box Office and that more people see it. It was a very good drama, very well written and acted and all of those involved were great.

Footloose looks like crap, The Thing is something I will wait
Screw the haters, I am glad Real Steel came in first. It looks fun as hell and good for Hugh Jackman to have another hit under his belt that doesn't involve X-Men. Hope his next couple of movies do the same at the box office.

Ides of March was really, really good and I hope it makes more at the Box Office and that more people see it. It was a very good drama, very well written and acted and all of those involved were great.

Footloose looks like crap, The Thing is something I will wait for blu-ray(maybe), and The Big Year only looks funny because of Steve Martin.
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8:15PM on 10/09/2011
So if Real Steel might not even make the money back that it cost to make how is that a success?
So if Real Steel might not even make the money back that it cost to make how is that a success?
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10:38PM on 10/09/2011
it's not gonna make the money back in the 1st weekend, but the article says with the rest of october looking weak, the movie has a fair chance to become a success through word of mouth.
it's not gonna make the money back in the 1st weekend, but the article says with the rest of october looking weak, the movie has a fair chance to become a success through word of mouth.
7:27PM on 10/09/2011

Fireflies in the Garden

I know why it has distribution problems. It's because it sucks.
I know why it has distribution problems. It's because it sucks.
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6:39PM on 10/09/2011

-_-

"(no idea what that means, by the way)"

"A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March." doesn't ring a bell? Helloooooooooooo. Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 1519. Always has "political overtones", hence the reason it applies to a move like this one!
"(no idea what that means, by the way)"

"A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March." doesn't ring a bell? Helloooooooooooo. Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 1519. Always has "political overtones", hence the reason it applies to a move like this one!
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8:13PM on 10/09/2011
I can't tell if that was a sarcastic comment or infact the author did not really know what it meant. If the latter is the real reason, then ths is by far one of the sloppiest, bizarre, and dumbest things written in an article on Joblo. You think Ides of March is something everyone knows who took an english class in high school and/or college. Guess we all can't be winners.
I can't tell if that was a sarcastic comment or infact the author did not really know what it meant. If the latter is the real reason, then ths is by far one of the sloppiest, bizarre, and dumbest things written in an article on Joblo. You think Ides of March is something everyone knows who took an english class in high school and/or college. Guess we all can't be winners.
9:36PM on 10/09/2011
Amen... I tend to believe that the critics here are generally more intelligent and well versed than others professing the genre tastes, but damn, if it was a joke (and I hope it was).... not very funny...
Amen... I tend to believe that the critics here are generally more intelligent and well versed than others professing the genre tastes, but damn, if it was a joke (and I hope it was).... not very funny...
10:40PM on 10/09/2011
I do believe he was joking or being sarcastic in the article.
I do believe he was joking or being sarcastic in the article.
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