‘Real Steel’ Knocks Out ‘Footloose’ At Box Office

FROM MTV MOVIES: Hugh Jackman’s latest movie proved to be more than a one-hit wonder. “Real Steel” retained the #1 spot at the box office for a second consecutive weekend, fending off competition from re-workings of ’80s classics, “Footloose” and “The Thing” (a remake/prequel). Meanwhile, the combined star power of Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin didn’t prevent “The Big Year” from bombing.

“Real Steel” raked in another $16.3 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates, which is a 40 percent drop from its opening weekend. The futuristic robot-boxing flick has made $51.7 million to date, against an estimated production budget of $110 million.

The remake of high-school-dancing flick “Footloose” was just behind with a $16.1 million debut. Critics were mostly kind to the film, with The Washington Post commenting, “[D]irector Craig Brewer has delivered a largely unobjectionable note-for-note facsimile of Herbert Ross’s ode to teenage rebellion, young love and the unfettered joy of movement.” The flick has a 72 percent Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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