Paramount's Footloose led the way on Thursday with $1.14 million. The dance film remake has now led the daily box office for each of the past three days but will obviously see that streak end today with the release of fellow Paramount film Paranormal Activity 3. Footloose was up a healthy 11 percent over Wednesday, which is a good sign for the film as it heads into its second weekend. Footloose grossed $20.01 million in its first seven days of release. That was slightly below expectations and good enough for a close second place finish for the week behind Disney's Real Steel.
Speaking of Real Steel, the sci-fi action film starring Hugh Jackman remained in a close second place for the day with $1.02 million. Real Steel was up 9 percent over Wednesday and down only 30 percent from last Thursday. Real Steel took first place for the week with $20.47 million. That was down 42 percent from the film's opening week performance and places its two-week total at a very solid $55.91 million. Real Steel is currently running 6 percent behind the pace of 2008's Eagle Eye.
Turning towards this weekend's box office, Paranormal Activity 3 was off to a strong midnight start with an estimated $8.0 million (which will be counted towards today's opening day performance). That was 27 percent stronger than the $6.3 million midnight start of last year's Paranormal Activity 2. At this rate Paranormal Activity 3 has a strong chance of outpacing the $40.68 million opening weekend debut of Paranormal Activity 2.
The news hasn't been anywhere near as good for Universal's The Thing. The sci-fi horror prequel finished in fourth on Thursday with $0.51 million. On the heels of an already lackluster opening weekend, The Thing continues to fall off quickly as it was down 10 percent from Wednesday. The Thing finished in third place for the week with a seven-day start of $10.98 million. That places the film 2 percent behind the pace of this year's Fright Night.
However, the news was even worse this week for Fox's The Big Year. The comedy starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson grossed $0.26 million on Thursday and just $4.32 million for the week as a whole. With no hope of holding up well going forward, The Big Year will clearly go down as one of the year's biggest box office disasters.
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