Real Steel & Footloose Go Toe to Toe

Real Steel was the number one film last weekend and the Disney release scores another knockout with $16.3 million as it barely out-dances those pesky teens of Footloose which took in $16.1 million.  The PG-13 futuristic action film stars Hugh Jackman as a father who along with his son bring an underdog robot boxing champ back into the ring for another shot at glory.  $51.8 million in total prize money awaits the film by the end of the weekend.

Paramount goes totally 80’s this weekend with their remake of the 1984 mega-hit Footloose which took a very close second place. The original starring Kevin Bacon as a renegade teen who wants to bring his dance skills to a small town was the 7th highest grossing film released that year raking in an impressive $80 million (about $192 million in today’s dollars). This new version will bring this story of small town values vs. personal expression to a whole new generation of fans this weekend.

Universal’s The Thing is the latest version of the horror yarn about a group of scientists who are stalked by a murderous shape-shifting alien while trapped in a remote Antarctic outpost.   The original version released in 1951 was updated in 1982 by revered horror director John Carpenter, starred Kurt Russell and earned a total of $19.6 million.  This version scared up $8.7 million for a third place debut.

Sony’s R-rated political drama The Ides of March starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling enters its second weekend with solid midweek momentum that gave it another $7.5 million in the box office ballot box.  The film has generated a positive response from critics and should continue to find favor with discerning audiences.

Rounding out the top 5 Warner Bros.’ Dolphin Tale dives into its fourth weekend with another solid finish of $6.3 million and a total gross approaching $60 million.  

Completing the fish and game theme is Fox’s comedic newcomer The Big Year starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin as a trio of avid bird watchers searching for rare birds.  Despite good reviews, the film makes its debut in ninth place with $3.3 million.

Weekend Box Office

Top Movies for Weekend of October 14, 2011 (Estimates)

    Movie     Weekend Gross     Total to Date

1     Real Steel (PG13)     $16.3M     $51.8M

2     Footloose (PG-13)     $16.1M     $16.1M

3     The Thing (R)     $8.7M     $8.7M

4     The Ides of March (R)     $7.5M     $22.1M

5     Dolphin Tale (PG)     $6.3M     $58.7M