After topping the box office charts on its opening night and being projected to lead the weekend, Craig Brewer's Footloose stumbled slightly to finish a close second for the weekend to reigning chart leader Real Steel. Footloose's $16.1 million box-office gross was slightly above studio projections of $15 million, according Brewer, but just behind Real Steel's $16.3. It was easily the highest grossing new release, topping the combined box office of competitors The Thing and Big Year.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, Footloose got strong marks from viewers, suggesting good word-of-mouth that could help its longevity. Perhaps working against that is that the film's audience was heavy on adult women, the core fans of the original film, and perhaps didn't cross over to male or teen audiences as much as hoped.
A mere three days into its run, Footloose is looking like a minor hit that will more than make back its $24 million production budget, but those fortunes could still change for the better or worse.