10.14-16.2011: Weekend Box Office – The $

Steel stole the show as in the weekend box office with Real Steel knocking out new kids, Footloose and The Thing, to remain the king of the ring.  Footloose, the remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon classic, now starring Massachusetts native Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Turn It Up), danced its way to #2 with $15.556 million, only a difference of $735,542 to the #1 movie.  Though the two premieres pushed aside, or rather pushed down, last week’s #2 and #3, George Clooney’s The Ides of March ($7.108 million) and family drama Dolphin Tales ($6.233 million) to #4 and #5, the new were unable to outdo the old.

The Richard Matheson short story turned film, Real Steel, ducked and dipped to $16.291 million, a -40.4% change.  The sci-fi and father-son bonding movie with Hugh Jackman (who just opened the nonprofit Laughing Man Coffee with Barry Steingard, David Steingard and Queenie Fok) grossed $51.731 million domestically in two weeks with no change in the number of theaters, $27.319 million of it in its premiere week.  Directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night, Night at the Museum), Real Steel‘s international gross is only slightly higher than the domestic gross at $56.6 million.

“It’s Not Human. Yet.” and it was just not alien, human or drawing enough audience interest for the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing of 1982 with Kurt Russell (Death Proof) and Wilford Brimley (Cocoon).  The alien in Antarctica sci-fi horror debuted at less than 3,000 theaters to $8.493 million domestically (it is not currently screening overseas).  From director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (the video Zien), The Thing script was written by Ronald D. Moore (TV’s Battlestar Galactica & Caprica) but then completely rewritten by Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5).  The filmmakers were inspired to create the prequel as the original was a favorite of van Heijningen Jr.’s, and they were influenced by Don A. Stewart’s (better known as John W. Campbell Jr.) novel Who Goes There?, and films Alien and Rosemary’s Baby.

The Fright Channel and Horror Haven Review’s Roger Froilan spoke with actress Kim Bubbs of The Thing.  Click here to listen.

Check out ‘What To Watch – Theater Edition’ on Friday for this week’s new movie releases…for the third and possibly last time, we don’t want to join in on this activity.

Feed me at sharon@horrorhaven.com

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