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