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Weekend Estimates: Footloose Reboot Tripped by Steel

October 16th, 2011

A decent opening for the Footloose remake wasn't quite enough to take top spot at the box office this weekend thanks to a good second weekend for Real Steel. The inspirational robot boxing movie dropped 40% from its debut to $16.3 million, which will most likely be enough to keep Footloose in second place. It is projected to make $16.1 million this weekend. Well behind them is The Thing, which is expected to make just $8.7 million. Thanks to the general weakness of the market, that's going to be enough for third, but it's not going to make much of a dent in the marketing costs for the movie, let alone its production costs.

The returning movies in the top 10 almost all showed good legs this weekend. Best among them was 50/50, which is set to decline just 24% in its fourth weekend. The Ides of March is projected to fall only 28% in its second weekend, although its soft start means it'll only have accumulated $22 million.

The remaining wide opener, The Big Year, will post a very disappointing $3.325 million opening, according to Fox's projection. That's surprisingly soft given the cast, even with its mediocre reviews.

The Skin I Live In is dominating art houses this weekend and is projected to earn a stellar $230,000 from just six venues. Although it's clearly not going to make it to wide release, a healthy specialty run seems assured.

- Weekend Estimates

Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Footloose, The Thing, The Big Year, Real Steel, La piel que habito, 50/50, The Ides of March