October 10 2011

Real Steel Fights its Way to the Top of the Box Office

Real SteelApparently this weekend was a time for folks to head to the theater and watch robots fighting it out with one another.

Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, made it to the top of the box office over the weekend with an estimated $27.3 million.  A healthy showing for a fall debut, and exit polling was mostly positive, so it’ll probably have some life to it.  Who knew people were so anxious to see boxing robots?

Coming in a distant second was George Clooney’s political drama, The Ides of March.  The new film landed with $10.4 million which is squarely in the center of George Clooney movies as of late.  Not a huge disappointment, but there’s a reason these sorts of films usually hit in the fall.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good political thriller … at home.

Dolphin Tale slipped 34.2% to land in third, bringing in $9.16 million. A decent performance for any film in its third weekend, and brings its domestic total to $49 million off of a $37 million budget.

The Brad Pitt vehicle, Moneyball, came in fourth with $7.5 million inching its cumulative total to $49.5 million off of a $50 million budget, so it still has some ways to go for it to hit profitability.

Rounding out the top five was the cancer drama 50/50 with an estimated fall of 36.4% to $5.5 million. Considering the dark subject matter, this is a surprising hold for the film.

Next weekend is a mess with the remake of Footloose, the prequel to The Thing and The Big Year.

And from the “movie disasters” department, the Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle, I Don’t Know How She Does It lost 505 theaters and took a 76.8% fall to a paltry $93,000. This brings the total to $9.48 million off of a $24 million budget. I don’t picture Ms. Parker getting a whole lot of work any time soon.

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