The Thing Fails to Take on the Form of a Box Office Hit

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Remember the box office report I wrote a few weeks ago in which I complained that some of the horror flops of August/September should have been held until October for a better chance to make some Halloween box office? Well, scratch that theory.

So committed to mimicking John Carpenter’s classic remake, the makers of The Thing prequel/remake/premake took it to the next level by even reproducing the unsuccessful box office run of the 1982 remake. There was only room for one 1980’s remake at the box office this weekend, and audiences chose Footloose instead (though that remake wasn’t exactly a big success either). The Thing opened in third place to about $8.5 million for the weekend, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The John Carpenter version only made a disappointing $19 million during its entire domestic theatrical run (and keep in mind that low number was still $19 million in 1982 dollars) so with inflation in mind, this Thing should make about the same in the end and be an even greater disappointment.

The only other wide release horror movie of the Halloween movie-going season, Paranormal Activity 3, opens next weekend. Will it finally break the streak of horror performing poorly at the box office?

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  • Vanvance1

    I can’t really get behind any more remakes/reimaginings. The concept bores me to tears.

    Yes, I will eventually see this ‘prequel’ but I’m not paying top dollar for it.

    I think about all the great flicks that have never made it to theatres here and wonder what the hell is wrong with Hollywood.

    i.e. Eden Lake, Martyrs, The Cottage etc…

    You want real horror and fresh horror you go European.

    • LifeMi

      Vanvance1, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the concept of remakes. The Thing was a remake, not to mention The Fly and dozens of great films. I agree with you, though, that it’s shocking how many great horror films have been denied theatrical releases.

      • LSD Zombie

        I think we can safely say the likelihood of horror fans ever getting anymore good remakes like The Thing and The Fly are long gone.

        • LifeMi

          Maybe, but there’s still good remakes on occasion. Let Me In was damn good and Dawn of the Dead was pretty impressive. I fully agree most remakes nowadays suck, but its not the concept of remakes that’s the problem. It sounds like you guys are hating on remakes in general (there’s certainly reason to), but there’s nothing wrong with the idea of a remake. It all boils down to the execution.

          • Gus Bjork

            I agree. Most are lousy but there are plenty of good ones. Keep in mind Apollo 18. Not every crappy movie is a remake or a sequel.

            It’s sci-fi but Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a great remake, probably the best Planet of the Apes film besides the original.

            Last night someone posted a clip for the Kaufmann remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. You never see that get brought up in discussions of remakes of classic films either good or bad. Why has it been so forgotten I wonder.

  • jkincer

    Nazo, you are spot on. I would like to think that studios would start understanding that if people are going to pay inflated ticket prices and actually go to a theater instead of staying home and watching a movie…we don’t want to see classic or cult movies REMADE/REBOOTED/PREQUELED/REIMAGINED.

    Why would I waste my money on The Thing ‘prequel’ or the Fright Night remake when I can watch the originals at home on my 60″ flat panel for free. Or even better, watch The Walking Dead season 2 premiere tonight at home? People aren’t going to keep over paying big $$ at the theater for a crap recylced product when they can wait a couple of months and get it on VOD or Netflix.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    To be honest, I enjoyed the premake. Judging it on it’s own, it was decent and I was quite entertained by it.

    • LSD Zombie

      It wasn’t bad. It just failed to do anything that the original hadn’t already done 10x times better back in 1982. And as I suspected, Winstead served absolutely no purpose to the story.

  • nazo

    From a financial standpoint, I don’t understand remaking cult movies (which I think The Thing and Fright Night are). The general public doesn’t know and/or won’t care, and movie nerds will just get upset because it’s not as good as the original.