I must admit, I really did a job of underestimating the public’s interest in wolverine training a giant Rock ‘em Sock ‘em robot, as it happened to take the top of the box office with a remarkable lack of competition and approximately $27.3 million.

Not to say that Ides of March didn’t open well, but in comparison to the opening weekends of other drama releases of late, the film appears to have been primarily sold by plastering George Clooney’s face on it rather than audiences actually taking an interest in the plot.

Which is frustrating, but then momentum needs time to accelerate. It’s a fact that more character-driven films are being successful, but evidently viewers need to be weaned off the scripts that go SMASH. True, the “original” story could be said to no longer exist; that merely variations on a theme of whomever are all that’s left.

But not every new way to tell a story is compelling or original. Giving a boxing coach a robot for a trainee is hardly a grandiose, bold, or interesting idea so much as a downright silly and unnecessary one. I’d rather watch Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby or Rocky and be satisfied. Don’t fix what isn’t broken. But then, considering all of the “re-imaginings”—we’ll go ahead and dub those “ruin-ings”—what would Hollywood know about fixing things? I’ll tell you. The remake of Straw Dogs exists. Enough said.

As for upcoming films, well speak of the devil. Footloose remake? Hmm. It’s a 50/50 at best it’ll amount to anything, considering the two latest 80’s-set films Take Me Home Tonight and Dirty Girl have 6.5 and 6.2 ratings respectively on IMDb. It’s a decade that appears to have a flashy, cinema-appropriate culture which translates to a very specific kind of audience. But considering how adequate the source material appears to be considered as well, I can’t really imagine the remake will do any good. For cinema or viewers alike.

I believe it’s clear The Thing remake will take first from Real Steel. It doesn’t matter how ironic it is that a man famous for playing a character made of ‘adamantium’ metal is supposed to “somehow” connect to robots.

It’s just physics that the legions of fans for John Carpenter’s masterful remake of The Thing! From Another World will flock to see the balance between special effects and visual effects, and how modern technology can potentially provide an admirable homage to Carpenter’s film—which is quite honestly just fine the way it is.

 

Weekend Box Office

October 7-9, 2011

Rank                                         Title                                                          Weekend           Gross        Wk

1

Real Steel (2011)

$27.3M

$27.3M

1

2

The Ides of March (2011)

$10.4M

$10.4M

1

3

Dolphin Tale (2011)

$9.16M

$49.1M

3

4

Moneyball (2011)

$7.5M

$49.3M

3

5

50/50 (2011)

$5.5M

$17.3M

2

6

Courageous (2011)

$4.6M

$15.9M

2

7

The Lion King (1994)

$4.55M

$86M

4

8

Dream House (2011)

$4.46M

$14.5M

2

9

What’s Your Number? (2011)

$3.05M

$10.3M

2

10

Abduction (2011)

$2.9M

$23.4M

3