Real Steel Tops Box Office a Second Straight Weekend


The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

DreamWorks Pictures’ Real Steel narrowly won first place at the weekend box office to top for a second straight weekend. The Hugh Jackman-starrer added an estimated $16.3 million to bring its two-week total to $51.7 million domestically. The Shawn Levy-directed action drama, distributed by Disney, finished first overseas as well with $24.2 million for a foreign total of $56.6 million and worldwide total of $108.3 million.

Paramount’s Footloose remake, directed by Craig Brewer and starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, debuted in a close second in North America with $16.1 million from 3,549 theaters. The film was made for about $24 million.

Universal prequel The Thing opened in third place to $8.7 million from 2,996 theaters, which was below studio expectations.

In its second weekend, Columbia’s The Ides of March earned $7.5 million for a total of $22.2 million so far.

Warner Bros.’ Dolphin Tale rounded out the top five with $6.3 million and has collected $58.7 million after four weeks. The family film cost $37 million to produce.

Following in sixth, seventh and eighth, Moneyball earned $5.5 million for a total of $57.7 million after four weeks, 50/50 added $4.3 million for a total of $24.3 million after three weeks, and Courageous brought in $3.4 million for a three-week total of $21.4 million.

20th Century Fox comedy The Big Year, starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, bombed badly with just $3.3 million from 2,150 theaters, an average of only $1,547 theaters per site.

Internationally, The Three Musketeers came in second behind Real Steel with $20.4 million and has earned $49 million overseas so far. The Paul W.S. Anderson action adventure opens in North America this Friday. Third place went to Johnny English Reborn, which added $17.3 million and is already up to $85.1 million internationally. The comedy doesn’t hit domestic theaters until October 28.

In limited domestic release, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In opened in six theaters where it earned an impressive $231,000, an average of $38,500 theater. Moviegoers didn’t seek out Joel Schumacher’s Trespass, which took in just $18,200 in 10 theaters, and Texas Killing Fields earned only $9,600 from three theaters.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.