Quite a bunch of remakes came out this year proving once again that Hollywood is very close to running out of ideas (they are making a Farmville movie, come on). It comes as no surprise that neither The Thing or Footloose were strong enough to bring robot boxing movie Real Steel down from the top spot.
Thanks to weak competition Real Steel manage to remain first with $16.2 million bringing the family flick at $51.7 million in 10 days. The 40.4% drop is decent and makes me believe that this movie could have a relatively long stay in the top 10 if it can keep this up. Still, numbers should definitely be higher for Real Steel considering the very high production costs.
Some called it pointless, others fun but the consent around Footloose is that, surprisingly the movie ain’t bad. A $15.5 million opening was good enough for 2nd place, and on a budget of $24 million Paramount are safe since it will make more than double that when all will be said and done. But the question remains, did we need this remake?
In 3rd place comes what could be considered a less pointless remake that technically is actually a prequel. The problem with this film is no one asked for a remake or prequel and the original The Thing is still very well regarded by fans of the genre. What Universal showed in previews for this new version wasn’t nearly as compelling as it should have been so no wonder the 2011 The Thing opened with just $8.4 million.
The Ides of March was in 4th place with $7.1 million for $21.7 million in 10 days. Dolphin Tale finished 5th while Moneyball was 6th. First one made $58.5 million while the later sits at $57.6 million, both in 24 days. I still think Moneyball will come out first in this battle.
50/50 in 7th had the smallest drop in the top 10, down $24.6 million for $4.2 million and a total of $24.2 million for this $8 million cancer dramedy.
Christina flick Courageous (produced by the very small company Sherwood Pictures, responsible for the sleeper hit Fireproof in 2008) was 8th with $3.3 million and has generated a total of $21.2 million in 17 days. That’s more than ten times the $2 million they spent on it.
The Big Year was 9th with a $3.2 million opening weekend and this is definitely what we could call a box office bomb. Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson were not enough to propel this comedy higher. Finally The Lion King 3D was 10th with $2.7 million, likely for the last time in the top 10. Thanks to the $90.5 million grossed in this new run, The Lion King stands at a whopping $419 million in total. That’s 9th place on the all time North American chart and it could possibly get to 8th place where Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest has been sitting for the past 5 years with $423.3 million.