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Weekend Box Office: Remakes Rejected

Remakes are Hollywood's way of trying to scrape together extra money without actually having to come up with many new ideas. So it's interesting to watch when Hollywood offers up not one, but two remakes on the same weekend, and audiences loudly proclaim with the cash from their wallets (or the witholding of said cash) that they're not interested in watching the past rehashed on the big screen.

The Footloose remake fared best, line-dancing its way to a sleepy $16 million, but was only hot enough to come in second place. Last weekend's top fighter Real Steel held on to its number one title by a narrow margin. The revisit to The Thing tanked hard, unable to scare up much more than $8 million, settling for a distant third place.

If you think those numbers are rough, consider the travesty that was opening weekend for Jack Black and Steve Martin's lukewarm comedy The Big Year. It was lucky to make ninth place with a no-laughing-matter opening of $3 million.

The only truly solid box office success story this weekend was Pedro Almodovar's limited release opening of The Skin I Live In. Opening in just 6 theaters it banked nearly $250,000 for a healthy $38,000+ per theater take (nearly matching the per theater opening numbers of record breaker Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

For the full weekend update, check out the chart below:

Real Steel$16,304,000Total: $51,744,000LW: 1 WR: 2
THTRS: 3,440
Footloose (2011) *$16,100,000Total: $16,100,000LW: N WR: 1
THTRS: 3,549
The Thing (2011) *$8,700,000Total: $8,700,000LW: N WR: 1
THTRS: 2,996
The Ides of March$7,500,000Total: $22,154,000LW: 2 WR: 2
THTRS: 2,199
Dolphin Tale$6,345,000Total: $58,672,000LW: 3 WR: 4
THTRS: 3,286
Moneyball$5,500,000Total: $57,712,000LW: 4 WR: 4
THTRS: 2,840
50/50$4,315,000Total: $24,334,000LW: 5 WR: 3
THTRS: 2,391
Courageous$3,400,000Total: $21,378,000LW: 6 WR: 3
THTRS: 1,214
The Big Year *$3,325,000Total: $3,325,000LW: N WR: 1
THTRS: 2,150
The Lion King (in 3D)$2,708,000Total: $90,452,000LW: 7 WR: 5
THTRS: 1,970