Film News: ‘Real Steel’ Wins Weekend Box Office Bout

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CHICAGO – The new futuristic boxing film “Real Steel” rocked and socked its way to the box office crown this weekend, dethroning last week’s winner, “Dolphin Tale.” The new film, starring Hugh Jackman, brought in an estimated $27.3 million.

“Real Steel” tells the story of Charlie Kenton, a failing promoter that turns to a broken down robot to bring him back to the top. In a world where robot boxing is a top sport, Charlie teaches the robot everything he knows about fighting and works to make him a champion. The film also stars Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”) and Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”).

This week’s other new release, “The Ides of March,” brought in an estimated $10.4 million, good enough for the silver medal. Though the film made around $17 million less than “Real Steel,” it is somewhat due to the fact that it was released to only 2,199 theaters compared to 3,440 theaters that showed “Real Steel.”

The king of the old releases was once again “Dolphin Tale,” which reeled in an estimated $9.2 million. “Moneyball” ($7.5 million) and “50/50” ($5.5 million) rounded out the rest of the top five for the second weekend of October.

“Real Steel” will get back in the ring next weekend to battle all the current releases, as well as the new films “The Thing” and the remake of “Footloose.” In the month of October, where horror films usually reign king, “Real Steel” may have trouble holding the box office crown for the weeks to come.

1. Real Steel— $27.3 million — new
2. The Ides of March— $10.4 million — new
3. Dolphin Tale— $9.2 million – down 34% — $49.1 million total
4. Moneyball— $7.5 million – down 38% — $49.3 million total
5. 50/50— $5.5 million – down 36% — $17.3 million total
6. Courageous — $4.6 million – down 50% — $15.9 million total
7. The Lion King 3D— $4.55 million – down 57% — $86 million total
8. Dream House— $4.5 million – down 45% — $14.5 million total
9. What’s Your Number? — $3.1 million – down 44% — $10.3 million total
10. Abduction— $2.9 million – down 48% — $23.4 million total staff writer Tim Martens

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