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Box office: 'Footloose' just misses No. 1; 'Big Year' flops [Video]

October 17, 2011 |  2:13 pm

The Big Year flopped at the box office this weekend
"Footloose" was expected to top the box office this weekend, but in a somewhat surprising turn of events, "Real Steel" claimed the No. 1 spot again.

For the second weekend in a row, the Hugh Jackman action flick climbed to the top of the charts, grossing $16.3 million, according to Walt Disney Pictures on Monday. A remake of the classic '80s dance flick "Footloose," meanwhile, came up short with $15.6 million.

But arguably the bigger story this weekend was the failure of "The Big Year," 20th Century Fox's comedy starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. Despite boasting three top-level comedians, the movie failed to attract audiences and only sold $3.3 million worth of tickets, making it one of the biggest flops of the year.

In this week's box-office video report, I discuss how the "Footloose" remake stacks up to the original, and why "The Big Year" proved to be such a tough sell.

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--Amy Kaufman

twitter.com/AmyKinLA

Photo: (From left) Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black star in "The Big Year." Credit: 20th Century Fox


Box Office: Clooney no match for Jackman's 'Steel' [Video]

October 10, 2011 | 12:47 pm

The Ides of March took second place at the box office this weekend
George Clooney may be one of the most popular stars in Hollywood, but his latest film was crushed over the weekend at the box office by the action flick "Real Steel."

"Real Steel," which stars Hugh Jackman as a man who trains a futuristic robot how to box, was the weekend's No. 1 film, raking in around $27 million worth of tickets. That was far more than "The Ides of March," which was directed by and stars Clooney alongside Ryan Gosling, grossed. The well-reviewed film collected only around $10 million, but had a miniscule budget, compared to that of "Real Steel."

As I discuss in this week's box office video report, Cooney may be one of Hollywood's most popular stars, but his films don't always do blockbuster levels of business.

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-- Amy Kaufman

twitter.com/AmyKinLA

Photo: George Clooney stars in "The Ides of March." Credit: Sony Pictures


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