Real Steel movie

Real Steel movieIt was a very close match at the weekend box office, but at the end, it was the robot boxing film “Real Steel” who defended its title by earning its second weekend at the top.

The film, which stars Hugh Jackman, earned $16.3 million over the weekend to beat out two remakes — “Footloose” and “The Thing.”

In it, Jackman stars as a former boxer, reluctantly thrown together with his young son as they turn a junkyard robot into a world-class contender. So far, it’s raked in $51.7 million.

The movie was closely followed by the Craig Brewer-directed remake of the 1984 musical “Footloose,” which opened at #2 with $16.1 million.

The weekend’s other new releases did fare very well.

“The Thing,” a prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 horror film of the same name, took third place, earning just $8.7 million. And “The Big Year,” a new comedy, starring Steve Martin and Owen Wilson as birdwatchers, debuted at #9 with just $3.3 million, making it one of the biggest flops of the year.

“The Ides of March” fell to #4 this weekend with $7.5 million, bringin its two week total to $22.1 million; and “Dolphin Tale” closes out the top 5 with $6.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $58.6 million.

That’s a wrap for this weekend. Next weekend, look out for the release of the Rowan Atkinson action comedy “Johnny English Reborn,” the sports drama “The Mighty Macs,” the horror film “Paranormal Activity 3,” and the 2011 reboot of “The Three Musketeers”.

This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:

1. “Real Steel,” $16.3 million.
2. “Footloose (2011),” $16.1 million.
3. “The Thing (2011),” $8.7 million.
4. “The Ides of March,” $7.5 million.
5. “Dolphin Tale,” $6.3 million.
6. “Money Ball,” $5.5 million.
7. “50/50,” $4.3 million.
8. “Courageous,” $3.4 million.
9. “The Big Year,” $3.3 million.
10. “Lion King 3D”, $2.7 million.