'Real Steel' Squeaks Past 'Footloose'; 'The Big Year' Bombs

on October 16, 2011 by Phil Contrino
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With $4.517 million on Friday and $7.320 million on Saturday, Real Steel is on pace to remain #1 during its sophomore frame. The Disney flick's 62% jump from Friday to Saturday is a clear sign that it has strong family appeal. Internationally, Real Steel grabbed another $23.3 million, giving it a worldwide total of $108.3 million.

Footloose managed $5.565 million on Friday and $6.565 million on Saturday. There's still a slight chance that Paramount's remake could end up in the top #1 spot after actuals are released tomorrow. Footloose boasts an overall A rating from CinemaScore, and nearly 28,500 Flixster users have combined to give it a 72% approval rating. Paramount reports that women made up 75% of the audience, with 27% of the overall crowd falling under the age of 18.

The Thing follows Fright Night as another horror dud inspired by an '80s film. Expect the Universal release to be out of theaters very quickly.

The Big Year has landed with a resounding thud. The combined star power of Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black wasn't enough to help the comedy reach even $5 million. Around 8,600 Flixster users have combined to give The Big Year a mediocre 62% approval rating.

Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In is off to an excellent start at only six locations. Oscar talk usually follows Almodóvar, but that's not the case this time around. Still, the director's loyal fans are already coming out in droves.

Domestic Comparison Data:

Jan. 1 to Oct. 16, 2011: $8,148,653,000*
Jan. 1 to Oct. 16, 2010: $8,454,073,000
Total Decrease: $305,420,000, -3.6%*

Oct. 1 to Oct. 16, 2011: $318,134,000*
Oct. 1 to Oct. 16, 2011: $357,593,000
Total Decrease: $39,459,000, -11%*

Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, 2011: $90,000,000*
Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 2010: $131,714,000
Total Decrease: $41,714,000, -32%*

*estimate

 

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: Real Steel, Footloose, The Big Year, The Thing, The Skin I Live In
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