|2||Real Steel (us)||10/12/11||245,537||2,499,600|
|4||In Time (us)||10/27/11||87,109||406,663|
|7||The Help (us)||11/3/11||33,181||49,556|
|10||Johnny English Reborn (uk)||11/2/11||17,277||20,362|
|-||Teacher and the Devils||10/27/11||3,579||12,535|
|-||A Reason to Live||10/27/11||2,573||55,583|
Real Steel same in at no. 2 for the third straight week with 245,537, which is down about a third from last week. It has performed very strongly over the past month and looks set to cross 3 million in the coming weeks which should land it on the combined top 10 for the year.
Couples went wide this week on nearly 400 screens but only mustered a so-so 144,623. With Punch dominating the way it is, Couples will likely take a big drop next week and disappear from marquees soon after.
Always dropped by two thirds for 60,106 and has now accumulated 894,813 to date. The 1 million mark is tantalizingly close but may be a fraction too far out of reach. While not a bad number for a romance film, this performance will likely be seen as a bit disappointing given the saturated marketing surrounding it, especially as it opened the recent new-look Busan International Film Festival. Bad reviews and poor word of mouth are what sunk it in the end.
The Kick, which has generated a lot of buzz and press coverage as the first Thai-Korean marital arts production, also got off to a poor start with 20,865, unless these are previews which, at 154 screens, may well be the case.
Penny Pinchers had its previews this weekend and will go wide later this week but its 9,475 start does not bode particularly well. I imagine it will open somewhere in the middle of the chart. The big question is if Punch can continue its extraordinary run!
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