Real Steel movie

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.