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Weekend B.O. (Oct. 14-16) - Bombs Away!

by Sergio
October 16, 2011 5:28 AM
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This was not a good week for the studios. Everything either underperformed or just tanked. (I'll get to that in a minute) Footloose was No.2 doing much less than was projected. But then again was there any real demand to see a terrible corny remake of a beloved but also terrible corny 1984 movie?

Real Steel, which came in again at No. 1, still continues to do less than what was hoped for and The Thing did a underwhelming $8.5 million. Then again was there any demand to see another film version of a classic 50's horror film which was remade in 1982 by John Carpenter and resulted in one of the greatest horror films ever made? One of the very few film remakes that surpasses the original.

There was NO chance that this new version, technically a prequel, was ever even come light years close to Carpenter's film. However, The Ides of March still doing well pulling in mainly an adult audience and will make a nice profit from it's $12.5 million production cost

However the shocker has to be the dismal $3 million opening for Fox's The Big Year with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.

Obviously every man woman and child in America said there was no way they wanted to see a comedy about bird watching. No doubt heads are now rolling at Fox, which with the exception of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is having a lousy year at the box office, their second bad year in a row. No doubt some changes have to be made - like making movies that people want to see?

The rest below:

1, Real Steel (DreamWorks/Disney) Weekend $16M, Estimated Cume $51.7M
2. Footloose (Paramount) Weekend $15.5M
3. The Thing (Universal) Estimated Weekend $8.5M
4. The Ides Of March (Cross Creek/Sony) Estimated Weekend $7.5M, Estimated Cume $22.2M
5. Moneyball (Sony) Estimated Weekend $5.5M, Estimated Cume $57.7M
6. The Dolphin Tale (Alcon/Warner Bros) Estimated Weekend $6.5M, Estimated Cume $59M
7. 50/50 (Summit) Estimated Weekend $4.1M, Estimated Cume $24.5M
8. The Big Year (Fox) Estimated Weekend $3.2M
9. Courageous (Sherwood/Sony) Estimated Weekend $3.3M, Estimated Cume $21.3M
10. Dream House (Universal) Estimated Weekend $2.5M, Estimated Cume $18.4M

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  • JMac | October 17, 2011 5:47 AMReply

    Good post, Jug... whoever this guy is.

    Of course I thought studio execs changed all the time. However, if they are recycling these people from the same pot or from pupils taught by those in the same pot, I guess the result would remain the same.

  • Jug | October 17, 2011 4:17 AMReply

    In response to ANOTHER horrible B.O., I'm reposting this comment from someone on (it's long but it ain't me LOL) who nailed this shit. I am one to say "not everything is racist"...but ya know what, some things just are...

    Enjoy the read:

    Now, who did the studios invest their money in to become a MAJOR movie star. Who gets “attached” to major projects and gets all the promotion? Channing Tatum, not Columbus Short…now why is that? Figure out the answer and you will have figured out why movie goers are not flocking to these films.

    Heres what I think. I think that the same studio execs who are confused about why the industry is in such peril are the same execs who think its cool that the show Entourage plays rap and hip hop nonstop but have no black/latino people on the show, NOT even a black agent in Ari Golds agency, even with OVER 100 mill blks/latinos in the US…the same execs who collectively came together from different studios and decided to give Taylor Lautner $100 mill in checks before he ever headlined a major movie…the same execs who actually believe Nielsen when they tell them that 20 mill people are watching NCIS (i have NEVER seen NCIS nor have I EVER heard one person EVER speaking about an episode)…if 20 mill people are watching it, id like to think id come across SOMEBODY OUTSIDE of the industry who talks about it, BUT NO.

    A former friend of mine is a studio exec…notice I said former…i had to extract him from my life because in all the dinners and lunches and get togethers we had, NOT ONCE did he ever say anything remotely interesting and so i finally had to end our friendship because talking to the moon is a lot more fulfilling than talking to him. Yet he had buying power for his studio…HIM…a man who has been in LA for close to two decades yet has never been south of Olympic or east of La Brea unless to go to Paramount Studios. All of his time was spent on the westside and when he went into the valley, it was to go to the studios in Burbank. How could execs possibly know what average people want when the only people they hang around are red wine drinking, cheese and olive eating, art gallery opening, $400 dinner tab sophisticated suits.

    I guess what im trying to say is that the entertainment industry is ran by out of touch execs who have their own agenda. America told these execs that they enjoyed BOTH Channing Tatum AND Columbus Short, BUT the execs chose who THEY wanted to put their money in and for the millions who would have loved to see Columbus in better quality projects, they were left behind. So news like this weekend should no longer come as a surprise to ANYBODY as long as these out of touch embiciles are captaining the vessel.>>

  • Rob | October 16, 2011 12:59 PMReply

    The Big Year was never going to do good. It's a shit sandwich.

  • The GHOST | October 16, 2011 9:17 AMReply

    I saw the THING and it is really good .I have a review of it on my hotline, THE COMIC BOOK SHOP OF DOOM, (773)572-6347 on option #6.

  • JMac | October 16, 2011 8:39 AMReply

    I saw plenty of advertising for The Big Year on tv. One trailer version made it seem like a screwball comedy and the other, a heart warming family movie. Huh? Neither version worked - still looked like a hot mess too many annoying actors. Note to Hollywood: nobody wants to see Jack Black anymore or Owen Wilson w/o a lovable screen stealing dog.

  • Yowza | October 16, 2011 8:01 AMReply

    The cast of The Big Year is divine but the PROMOTION for it was all but nonexistent. I never even heard of it until last week (and I watch a lot of television and keep up on a lot of entertainment-based nonsense)
    When I saw the commercial, I assumed it was coming out in 2012 or in the very distant future.

    They REALLY dropped the ball on this: I'm seeing more promotion and teasing for that God-awful Adam Sandler movie.

  • Cherish | October 16, 2011 6:13 AMReply

    "...From the cast alone, ‘The Big Year’ looked like it would make a billion dollars but now won’t even make back its $41 million budget."

    Gone are the days when a cast or one movie star alone would bring the audience to fill the movie theaters. Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Julia Roberts have been learning that that the hard way. You have to tell a good story.

  • Paris Jade | October 16, 2011 5:37 AMReply

    I’ve been saying it since 22 June 2010 when they announced the cast for Footloose - they would have been wiser to have cast someone like Shia LaBeouf, Anton Yelchin or Penn Badgley in Footloose instead of Kenny Wormald and this movie would have been No. 1 at the box office and much more critically and commercially successful.

    Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Brian Dennehy, Rashida Jones, Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest, Anjelica Huston, Jim Parsons, Anthony Anderson, Tim Blake Nelson, Kevin Pollak.
    From the cast alone, ‘The Big Year’ looked like it would make a billion dollars but now won’t even make back its $41 million budget.

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