October 15, 2011

THE BIJOU: Early Friday Boxoffice – 10/14/11

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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What was expected to be a slow weekend at the boxoffice is proving to be exactly that.  The Hollywood Reporter has preliminary numbers for Friday, and they show FOOTLOOSE in the lead with $5.5M, heading for probably $17M or so for the weekend.  THE THING is way behind, with $3.5M for Friday that may not even bring it to $10M by Sunday, but those are blockbuster numbers compared to the woefully mistitled THE BIG YEAR, an utter disaster with $1.2M on Friday that may mean a $3M weekend.  

As is often the case when new releases fail to excite audiences, the holdovers are doing quite well.  REAL STEEL‘s second weekend decline should be in the low 40% range, and the movie should be right behind Footloose for the weekend with around $16M, while THE IDES OF MARCH may go down less than 30% for a $7.5M weekend.  DOLPHIN TALE and MONEYBALL may also decline around 30%, while 50/50 seems to be headed for a superb hold, down only around 20% from last week.  
Stay with SHOWBUZZDAILY all weekend for updated boxoffice numbers and analysis.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."