At the start of the weekend, it appeared to be almost a given that “Footloose” was going to dance all over the competition. However, Hugh Jackman and a team of robots have just managed to pull out a shocker.
When it comes to total receipts, here is where the top 5 stack up at the moment:
1. “Real Steel” ($16.3 million) – A 40% drop is pretty impressive for a movie of this genre in its second weekend, and Jackman’s movie can also celebrate some strong worldwide business. (So far, the movie nearly has $110 million worldwide.)
2. “Footloose” ($16.1 million) – The Julianne Hough remake did not end up doing as much business on Saturday and Sunday as was anticipated, so it is still to be seen what sort of legs this movie will have. That being said, it should easily make back its $24 million budget.
3. “The Thing” ($8.7 million) – While not necessarily a complete bomb, the movie still managed to do some disappointing business. This has simply not been a good month for horror films.
4. “The Ides of March” ($7.5 million) – It was a stellar second weekend for George Clooney’s latest, as it dropped only 28% from last week.
5. “Dolphin Tale” ($6.345 million) – With a 30% drop, this was yet again a good achievement for a film that already has $58 million in the bank.
As for the bomb of the week, this one’s easy. Despite having some big-name stars in Steve Martin and Jack Black, “The Big Year” opened at an abysmal #9 with just over $3 million. Its budget is over eight times that amount.