Nearly three decades after the original "Footloose" became a cultural phenomenon, a remake of the '80s dance flick may shimmy its way back to the top of the box office this weekend.
The film is expected to open with close to $20 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience pollings. That gives it a good shot at claiming the No. 1 spot over "Real Steel," the robot boxing action movie that debuted with $27.3 million last weekend. Starring Hugh Jackman, the picture is expected to bring in an additional $16 million or so this round.
Another reboot from the '80s, the sci-fi horror film "The Thing," is likely to start off with around $14 million. But the other new wide release, "The Big Year," starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black, could prove to be one of the biggest flops of the year. Despite its moderate budget, the comedy may only sell around $5 million worth of tickets.
The original “Footloose,” about a group of teenagers faced with a dance ban in a their small town, was released in 1984. A career-making turn for its star Kevin Bacon, the film became a sleeper hit, grossing over $80 million worldwide.
Tracking surveys on Thursday indicated that the new version was generating especially strong interest among young females, meaning the movie could end up with an opening weekend gross in the high-teens. But a representative for Paramount, which produced the film, said the studio expects an opening closer to $15 million.
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