Weekend Box Office: Hugh Jackman’s Boxing Robot Film ‘Real Steel’ Earns KO

By BallerStatus News Staff  |  10/10/2011

Real Steel movieThe weekend box office was ruled by two new movies, but only one could be the winner ... and it was boxing robots that became the weekend's champion.

Hugh Jackman's latest film "Real Steel," set in a near-future when robot fighters have replaced humans in the ring, topped the weekend box office at #1 with $27.3 million.

Jackman stars as a former boxer, reluctantly thrown together with his young son as they turn a junkyard robot into a world-class contender.

Behind the #1 film is George Clooney's political saga, "The Ides of March." It was left in the dust, earning just $10.4 million to take the #2 spot. The film stars Ryan Gosling as an aide to a presidential candidate (Clooney) caught up in scandal.

Last weekend's top movie, "Dolphin Tale" falls to #3 with $9.1 million, bringing its three-week total to $49 million; "Moneyball" decends to #4 with $7.5 million this week to also bring its total to just over $49 million in three weekends; and tying at #4 "50/50" holds at #5 with $.5 million.

That's a wrap for this weekend. Next weekend, look out for the release of the Fox comedy "The Big Year", starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson; the the 2011 remakes of "Footloose" and "The Thing."

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "Real Steel," $27.3 million.
2. "The Ides of March," $10.4 million.
3. "Dolphin Tale," $9.1 million.
4. "Money Ball," $7.4 million.
5. "50/50," $5.6 million.
6. "Courageous," $4.8 million.
7. "Lion King 3D," $4.5 million.
8. "Dream House," $4.4 million.
9. "What's Your Number?," $3.1 million.
10. "Contagion", $2.9 million.