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Weekend Box Office: New Movies 'Footloose' and 'The Thing' Fail to Conquer

Footloose-hough.png" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 150px; " />With this weekend seeing a more than 35% decrease in box office revenue from last year, many movie execs are officially freaking out. But are the lackluster sales a result of stingy moviegoers, or a decrease in the quality of the movies released?

Maybe it's a bit of both.

"Real Steel" took the top spot again this weekend by a nose, earning $16.3 million in its second week of release. That brings the cumulative total for the fighting robot flick up to $51.7 million domestically, and when you factor in the surprisingly good overseas sales, the worldwide total for the movie is just over $100 million.

Finishing just a hair behind "Real Steel" (we'll see about the Monday actuals) was new release "Footloose." The remake of the 1980's original earned $16.1 million, performing about as expected and putting it well on its way to making back its $24 million budget. Female viewers made up a whopping 75% of the audience for the dance flick.

In third place was another new release and remake, "The Thing," which pulled in $8.7 million. Horror films have been less than stellar at the box office this year, and this one falls right in line, coming up short of projections. Of course, reviews of the remake were not so great either, which couldn't have helped.

"The Ides of March" earned another $7.5 million in its second weekend, bringing its cume to about $22 mil. Bolstered by a strong cast with tons of star power as well as positive reviews, "Ides" held over strongly from its first weekend with a drop of less than 30 percent.

"Dolphin Tale" took fifth with $6.7 million in its fourth weekend, putting it at a cume of $58.7 million. No surprise there, as family films in general have been performing well of late.

There was one more notable new release this weekend, "The Big Year" starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin. Despite the trio of big comedy stars, the movie bombed with only $3.3 million, putting it in 9th place for the weekend.

  1. "Real Steel" - $16.3 million (Cume: $51.7M)
  2. "Footloose" - $16.1 million
  3. "The Thing" - $8.7 million
  4. "The Ides of March" - $7.5 million ($22M)
  5. "Dolphin Tale" - $6.7 million ($58.7M)