Real Steel has taken the box office back from both new remake releases this weekend with a remarkable upset and $16.3 million estimated revenue while the remake of The Thing From Another World has been reprimanded quite mercilessly, beset by fans of Carpenter’s cult film. That said, it’s not really the biggest steal if your opponents are weak.

Let’s begin with Footloose, the 1984 film originally starring this year’s super-villain Kevin Bacon. It’s from a decade which isn’t very popular right now—no matter how much the studios attempt to cram it in with Dirty Girl and Take Me Home Tonight and all the rest. The movie attempts to key into the younger audiences’ rebelliousness, and succeeds almost proportionally to film’s capacity to connect with audiences in the 60’s.

So it makes approximately $72 million in profit. Unfortunately, studios failed to realize the same gimmick would not function properly because today’s younger audiences aren’t rebellious at all. They aren’t in the least bit politically aware, or even all that aware. It’s almost as if every generation that wanted to make the lives of the next easier finally reached terminal velocity.

The bottom line is, the only reason Footloose 2011 managed to take second in the box office with a dancer instead of an actor for a protagonist is because teens, much like in the original Footloose, have nothing better to do. Well, they do, but they certainly wouldn’t act on it! Maybe there is some rebelliousness in them after all, to not rebel.

Let’s put this in perspective. Pig Hunt, from the directors of that beloved masterpiece Jason X is rated higher than this year’s Footloose. Enough said.

Now what’s with this thing?? The remake is not a prequel, it’s a remake of the black-and-white original and it still appears to have accomplished very little, according to most reviewers. Those looking for the paranoia of Carpenter’s film will be displeased, while those looking for another big-budget creature feature since Snakes on a Plane might be satisfied.

Not that the cast doesn’t have good, familiar actors. It’s just that The Thing couldn’t really be improved upon, and much to the chagrin of Thing fans, good ole Heidegger’s uncertainty principle proves true again. They studied it, and they most certainly changed it. Into…“something”. That is, something no one will be willing to pay to see.

Margin Call sounds interesting, and has a great cast from Spock himself to Kevin Spacey, but has been labeled both predictable and repetitive. Now that drama is pretty much gone, this film stands alone twiddling its thumbs and feeling awkward.

Paranormal Activity 3 will bring most of its followers back from the first two, choosing to become prequel instead of a finalizing sequel—implying they didn’t have the right kind of story to actually finish the thing very well. Although, part two was in fact both a prequel and a sequel. But returning to the beginning? Not usually the best idea to cut off a trilogy with a prequel before it becomes a trilogy. The point is to maximize profit by spawning as many sequels as possible. Get with the program!

Lastly, The Three Musketeers looks like it’s trying to be Pirates of the Caribbean, which the book most certainly is not. Alexandre Dumas has rolled over in his grave, and the movie has been rated a 5.9 on IMDb. No one’s happy about this. I doubt anyone will be. What with Halloween coming up, and the incredibly large fan base for Paranormal, I’d say the third entry in the franchise should take the box office.

 Weekend Box Office

October 14 – 16, 2011

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Title

 

Weekend Gross

 

 

 

Total Gross

 

Week

1

 

Real Steel  

$16,304,000

 

 

 

 

$51,744,000

 

2

2

 

Footloose (2011)  

$16,100,000

 

 

 

 

$16,100,000

 

1

3

 

The Thing (2011)  

$8,700,000

 

 

 

 

$8,700,000

 

1

4

 

The Ides of March  

$7,500,000

 

 

 

 

$22,154,000

 

2

5

 

Dolphin Tale  

$6,345,000

 

 

 

 

$58,672,000

 

4

6

 

Moneyball  

$5,500,000

 

 

 

 

$57,712,000

 

4

7

 

50/50  

$4,315,000

 

 

 

 

$24,334,000

 

3

8

 

Courageous  

$3,400,000

 

 

 

 

$21,378,000

 

3

9

 

The Big Year  

$3,325,000

 

 

 

 

$3,325,000

 

1

10

 

The Lion King (in 3D)  

$2,708,000

 

 

 

 

$90,452,000

 

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