October 16, 2011

THE BIJOU: Early Weekend Boxoffice – 10/15/11

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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It’s anyone’s guess who’s going to walk away with this weekend’s title, and probably the winner won’t be clear until actual grosses are reported on Monday.  Deadline has updated numbers, and reports that REAL STEEL is in position to squeeze ahead of FOOTLOOSE for the weekend, due to an unimpressive 10% Saturday bump for Footloose.  If true, that will be a reflection of the front-loaded nature of most movies aimed primarily at the teen girl audience.

The rest of the results are pretty much as Friday’s numbers indicated.  THE THING is headed for $8.5M, which would be dismal if “dismal” weren’t truly defined by the $3.2M earned by THE BIG YEAR.  Holdovers were much stronger, with THE IDES OF MARCH, MONEYBALL and DOLPHIN TALE all declining around 30%, and 50/50 holding even better than that.  
Stay with SHOWBUZZDAILY for more updated boxoffice and analysis all weekend.

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."