Weekend Box Office And Your Monday Must-Read.

Film critic Pauline Kael, New York Times photo.

Two Questionable Remakes …
… couldn’t topple “Real Steel” from its perch atop the box office heap. Nonetheless, box office receipts were down nearly 8 percent over the weeekend, a suggestion that filmgoers weren’t too excited with the flicks on offer this weekend. Courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo, here’s the weekend by the numbers:

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Real Steel BV $16,304,000 -40.3% 3,440 $4,740 $51,744,000 2
2 N Footloose (2011) Par. $16,100,000 3,549 $4,536 $16,100,000 $24 1
3 N The Thing (2011) Uni. $8,700,000 2,996 $2,904 $8,700,000 1
4 2 The Ides of March Sony $7,500,000 -28.4% 2,199 $3,411 $22,154,000 2
5 3 Dolphin Tale WB $6,345,000 -30.5% 3,286 -192 $1,931 $58,672,000 $37 4
6 4 Moneyball Sony $5,500,000 -26.2% 2,840 -178 $1,937 $57,712,000 $50 4
7 5 50/50 Sum. $4,315,000 -23.7% 2,391 -88 $1,805 $24,334,000 $8 3
8 6 Courageous TriS $3,400,000 -30.2% 1,214 +53 $2,801 $21,378,000 $2 3
9 N The Big Year Fox $3,325,000 2,150 $1,547 $3,325,000 1
10 7 The Lion King (in 3D) BV $2,708,000 -41.1% 1,970 -297 $1,375 $90,452,000 5

And writing in The New York Times over the weekend, A.O. Scott and Mahnola Dargis consider the life and legacy of film critic Pauline Kael, who’s the subject of a new biography.

As ever, here’s the nut graf (from Scott):

“I think Kael is remembered not for her particular judgments or ideas, but rather for her voice, for an outsized literary personality that could be enthralling and infuriating, often both. A lot of people read her for the pleasure of disagreement, and the resentment she was able to provoke — in critical targets and rival critics — is surely evidence of power. An awful lot of our colleagues are still, in both senses, mad about her. To reread her is to understand why.

Read the full story here.

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