The second week decline for Real Steel (-40%) was fairly solid and enough to keep it (barely) in first place — but much more important provided an upgrade in its ShowBuzzDaily Domestic Final Gross.
October 14-16, 2011 Wknd vs Showbuzz
(millions) Studio Last Domestic
Proj. Wknd Final*
Real Steel (DW/Dis) $16.3 -40% $ 94+
Footloose (Par) $16.1 $ 52
The Thing (Uni) $ 8.7 $ 18
Ides of March (Sony) $ 7.5 -28% $ 44
Dolphin Tale (WB) $ 6.3 -31% $ 75
Moneyball (Sony) $ 5.5 -26% $ 72
50/50 (Summit) $ 4.3 -24% $ 37
Courageous (Sony) $ 3.4 -30% $ 24
The Big Year (Fox) $ 3.3 $ 7
The Lion King in 3D (Dis) $ 2.7 -41% $102
Dream House (Uni) $ 2.5 -44% $ 20
Note: The table above summarizes the weekend as of Sunday. The first column (on which the table is sorted) displays the “studio projection” for each film, based on the Friday and Saturday actual numbers (and a studio-supplied estimate of Sunday). The second column is the percent decline from the prior weekend. The final column is a preliminary estimate of the ShowbuzzDaily Domestic Total Gross for the film’s complete run in North America. A “++” indicates the Domestic number has been upgraded; a “–” indicates a downgrade.
Total Box Office Volume
The Top 12 Films this weekend are looking like a really bad $79 million total, down an incredible 34% from the same calendar weekend last year (when Jackass 3-D and Red opened) and down 23% from the average number for the same weekend the last four years. Since 2009, this weekend had been turning into a pretty good launching pad, but all that progress was squandered with sub-par to terrible movies.
Top 12 Films: Weekend #41
Volume Movies Opening Each Weekend (millions)
2011 $ 79 Footloose $16, The Thing $9, The Big Year $3
2010 $120 Jackass 3-D $50, Red $22
2009 $128 Where Wild Things Are $33, Paranormal Activity $20,
Law Abiding Citizen $21, The Stepfather $12
2008 $ 85 Max Payne $18, W $10.5, Secret Life Bees $10.5
2007 $ 79 30 Days of Night $16, Gone Baby Gone $5.6
Opening next week are Paranormal Activity 3 from Paramount, The Three Musketeers from Summit, Johnny English Reborn from Universal (action comedy starring Rowan Atkinson) and The Mighty Macs from Freestyle (sports drama starring David Boreanaz and Carla Gugino). Those movies will be compared to Paranormal Activity 2 ($40.7 million opening weekend) and Hereafter ($12.0 million).
International numbers will be posted as soon as possible, and Monday we will have official numbers for the Friday-Sunday domestic grosses.