Box office report: 'Real Steel' is the champion with $27.3 mil

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Real Steel showed what it was made of, as the robot-boxing action drama won the weekend with an estimated $27.3 million. That’s the strongest opening ever for a boxing-themed picture, beating Rocky IV‘s $20 million debut in 1985 (when not adjusting for inflation).

DreamWorks’ $110 million film, which was released by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, scored a superb “A” rating from CinemaScore graders. That bodes well for the movie’s box-office stamina, especially since there are no other major family films hitting theaters until Puss in Boots pounces on Oct. 28.

Unsurprisingly for a movie about mechanical fighters beating up one another, Real Steel skewed male — 66 percent of the audience according to Disney. It also attracted a younger crowd, with 44 percent under the age of 25. The PG-13 movie’s respectable opening must also come as a relief to star Hugh Jackman, who hasn’t had a non-X-Men film open to more than $20 million since 2004′s Van Helsing.

In second with $10.4 million was the political thriller The Ides of March. The R-rated film — which George Clooney directed, co-wrote, and co-stars in along with Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, and Marisa Tomei — particularly appealed to older women. According to Sony, 58 percent of the audience was female and 60 percent was over the age of 35. The $12.5 million movie earned a “B” grade from CinemaScore participants, which is a bit lower than expected considering its awards buzz and positive reviews. The Ides of March will need to hold up well the next few weeks if it wants to keep its Oscar hopes alive.

The rest of the top five consisted of prior releases that all dropped around (a very commendable) 35 percent from last week. In third place, the family film Dolphin Tale slipped 34 percent for $9.2 million, pushing the film’s cumulative tally to $49.1 million. The Brad Pitt baseball drama Moneyball, a critical darling, grossed $7.5 million for a 38 percent decline. And the well-reviewed cancer comedy 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, fell 36 percent for $5.5 million.

In limited release, the why-does-this-movie-exist horror sequel The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence stitched together a decent $54,000 from 18 theaters, with most locations only offering late-night showings.

1. Real Steel — $27.3 mil
2. The Ides of March — $10.4 mil
3. Dolphin Tale — $9.2 mil
4. Moneyball — $7.5 mil
5. 50/50 — $5.5 mil

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  • erik

    let me guess, america loves crap, right?

    • El Mexicano

      No, AMERICA HATES LOL!! it has to be true because I keep repeating it.

      • LOL

        @El Mexicano get out of my country, we don’t want your kind here, you are ruining this fine nation, with your lowriders and taco eating dogs!

      • El Mexicano

        Awww, did I hurt your feelings becuase I speak the TRUTH. AMERICA HATES LOL

      • El Mexicano

        Glad to know that you are racist also, you are making yourself look really good there buddy.

      • LOL

        go back to Mexico, you illegal taco!

      • LOL

        @El Mexicano they should round you people up and put you in camps, along with the fatties, can’t stand them either, ugly to look at!

      • El Mexicano

        Nice, keep it up. Sounding more and more like the idiot you are.

      • LOL

        That’s not me, I think that’s probably El Mexicano talking to himself. LOL loves all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. That’s why I’m here, to help my fellow Americans. I am only here out of my love of fellow my fellow man.

      • LOL

        So El Mexicano lets be friends you bring the beans and I will bring the tequila, and we can watch Fast Five together!

      • El Mexicano

        Let me get back to you on that.

      • LOL

        I love you El Mexicano, I want you to be my gay lover!, we can pleasure are self as we watch Paul Walker’s tight little ass in “Fast Five”!

      • Goldust

        America is an evil country. America is doomed unless us gays rule this country. Gay and proud.

      • Cowboy

        Sometimes there’s a troll… I won’t say a jerk, ’cause, what’s a jerk? But sometimes, there’s a troll. And I’m talkin’ about LOL here. Sometimes, there’s a troll, well, he’s the troll for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s LOL, on the EW message board. And even if he’s a lazy troll – and LOL was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest on the EW message board, which would place him high in the runnin’ for laziest on the internet. But sometimes there’s a troll, sometimes, there’s a troll. Aw. I lost my train of thought here.

      • Joe

        You know…
        Jesus IS coming back…

      • Jesus

        I got back last Tuesday, it’s been all over the news. Where the heck have you been Joe?

      • Tom

        So one out of every 1000 people in the country went to see this.. Yyyyaaawwwnn!

      • Joe

        I was busy condemning people for being different. I was also making sure we don’t have any sort of social net or free health care in this country. Everyman for himself. Because that’s what you preached in the bible, Jesus.

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    • Barry

      not yet but I am sure it is coming!

      • LOL

        I am a mature and a lover of “Fast Five” . i just think here is a good place to meet friends. i just wonder if i can meet a Paul Walker look a like l there, because i wanna have a long crap and roll around in my feces with him then cuddle with my fast five bluray uploaded my hot photos on —-[americalovescrap`c^o`m ]—-under the name crapper’vinamerica, maybe you want to check out my photos firstly!

      • Kathleen Turner

        LOL = Lonely Old Losers!

      • LOL’s mom

        LOL, your dad and I want you to move the f out of our basement. The walls are covered in semen, you haven’t brushed your teeth or bathed in weeks, and you are a huge disappointment to both of us. No wonder your girlfriend left you, loser!

      • LOL

        Ha Ha the joke’s on you, it wasn’t my girlfriend, it was my boyfriend!

      • LOL

        My mom’s dead.

      • LOL

        I hate Mexicans, fat people, and Evangeline Lilly!

    • LOL

      America loves crap.

      • Barry

        and there it is..took a little longer than usual!

      • LOL

        Yes, it’s hard to tear myself away from the Fast Five blue ray, it’s absolutely amazing. But I know America counts on me to be here to provide tough love. I will not shirk my responsibilities, even with the best film of the century playing in the background.

      • LOL

        I had a hard time pulling the Blu Ray out of my anus!…I love Paul Walker’s tight little ass, so yummy!

      • Skynet

        Ha, no its not Mexicans that we hate its the CHINESE!!!

      • LOL

        I can’t watch the Fast Five blu ray if it’s in my anus. So no way am I putting it there. Could even scratch the disk, and you know how important Fast Five is to me. Anyway, are you all really going to argue with me this week that Rock Em Sock Em Robots is not a terrible cash cow that’s hoping to milk off the success of the Transformers franchise?? This week America loves crap.

    • stu

      surprise w/ those 3 actors salaries tat Ides of March cost only 12mil to make.

    • El Mexicano

      I’m as american as they come there buddy, besides I speak the TRUTH.

      • LOL

        go back to Mexico you lazy burrito!

      • El Mexicano

        Sure thing, on my way now what time should I pick you up?

      • LOL

        yo quiero taco bell?

      • El Mexicano

        Sure we can stop there if you want, don’t forget to bring your portable DVD player so we can watch the best movie made in the last 50 years “Fast Five” I need something to throw out the window along with you.

      • LOL

        don’t be like that Baby!

    • Yes, erik

      If there was any doubt, and there really wasn’t, it is confirmed by the boxoffice this weekend. America really does love crap.

      • LOL

        Thank you for your support, I know my supporters are mostly a silent majorit, but always nice to here from one.

      • LOL

        *hear

    • WTF

      Funny how you 3rd world countries hate the USA, but rely on us for support in times of war or when a natural disaster happens. It is also funny how most actors and actresses come from other counties to be in our CRAP films. You can keep your pirahna toothed UK people there.

      • LOL

        I’m afraid there’s been a misunderstanding my friend, I am American as well. I point out that Americans love crap because I care about my country, providing the tough love they so obviously need. I am unconcerned with what entertainment other countries enjoy, I have my hands full with my own country.

  • Sheldon Ashcroft

    Being a film about politics, The Ides of March is a very important movie. Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp should be doing films like this.

    • house

      No it is’nt! The ideals of march is sh_t!!! Clooney is a has been who cant act!

      • Barry

        Clooney hates America. He should move to Haiti. He did a big telethon for them but does nothing for America when natural disasters strike here.

      • Woot

        I am a D-bag, I beat my wife, and ate my dog, and want to have sex with George Clooney, while my son watches!

      • Woot

        Wow, I’ve never had someone pretend to be me on a comment section before!!! Can finally cross that off my bucket list!

      • Woot

        Also fake Woot, you are only half right. I am a D-bag, don’t have a wife, didn’t eat my dog, I do want to have sex with George Clooney, but not while my sons watches (also I don’t have a son)

      • Fake Woot

        Well then you are a liar Woot, because on a earlier post about Citizen Kane, you quoted your wife as not liking the movie!

      • Woot

        1. I have never alluded to having a wife, someone else quoted their wife on that post, not me.
        2. Are you following me? Are you outside me house?
        3. I like pancakes.

      • LOL

        Woot = crappy liar!

      • triumph the insult comic dog

        I poop on you Woot!

      • LOL

        I like pancakes too.

    • Cinemapoor

      I wish they would stop using CinemaScore in these articles, they are a joke, Rottentomatoes is more acurate!

      • triumph the insult comic dog

        I poop on you CinemaScore!

  • Dr. Richard Kimble

    I did not kill my wife!

    • Samuel Gerard

      I don’t care.

  • Zac Heffron

    After Lost began, I thought the gorgeous and talented Evangeline Lilly had a promising career ahead of her and would become a bigger star but she has done so little in the last seven years. I hope she’ll do more mainstream movies from now on and have a career renaissance with Real Steel and The Hobbit films. It’s an exceptional performance by her in Real Steel, just wonderful.

    • Bwaaaa

      wow same damn spam message all weekend, I hope Lilly falls off the face of the earth. the untalented Skank!

      • triumph the insult comic dog

        I poop on Evangeline Lilly!

    • LOL

      After Crap began, I thought the gorgeous and talented LOL had a promising career ahead of her/him and would become a bigger star but she/he has done so little in the last seven minutes. I hope they will do more mainstream posts from now on and have a career renaissance with the America Loves Crap and the I love Fast Five posts. It’s an exceptional performance by her/him in these posts l, just craptastic!

    • Santana

      It’s kind of hilarious that the comment section for the weekend box office has completely been taken over by trolls and spammers.

      • LOL

        I know, all this Evangeline Lilly crap, and somebody going on and on about some machine gun priest movie that’s not even playing anywhere. I come here to discuss the current state of film, not to read all this spam crap.

      • Anne

        @Santana, it has been this way for months…the troll above took over!

    • LOL

      I want to eat Evangeline Lilly’s corpse!

  • Sunny

    27 million isn’t that good,I guess people are tired of spending money on horrible movies.

  • Sands

    I would have liked to see ‘Dirty Girl’ and ‘The Way’ get a nationwide release. They both have interesting casts (‘Dirty Girl’ – Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam) (‘The Way’ – Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, Tchéky Karyo) with some stars who should be doing more mainstream movies. It would have been interesting to see how they would have done commercially if released nationwide and they deserve better than to go unnoticed by the public now.

    • Random Name

      would have liked to see ‘LOL” and ‘LOL 2’ get a nationwide release. They both have interesting casts (‘LOL – Vin Diesel, Trolls, Crap, 40 yr old Virgins living in Mommy’s Basement (‘LOL 2″ – People with IQ under 100. more Trolls, Paul Walker’s Ass, Crack Addicts, More Crap) with some stars who should be doing more mainstream movies. It would have been interesting to see how they would have done commercially if released nationwide and they deserve better than to go unnoticed by the public now.

    • sands sucks

      stop with the spamming, no one gives a F about these Direct to DVD failures!

    • triumph the insult comic dog

      I poop on you sands!

    • Korey

      This message was paid for by the Save Shi**y Movies Society

    • The Truth

      Same old post every week, different crap movies every week, give it a rest!

    • Anne

      so how much do you get paid to spew the same old crap every week, I hate LOL, but think you are even worse, at least LOL is an obvious troll!

  • Kyle

    I think March could of done better but since its a politic movie and people are really sick of them I think it did pretty well. 50/50 didnt do bad in its second week. Real Steel did better then I though but considering its massive $110 million budget thats really bad.

    • The Truth

      “A politic movie”? do you mean political movie?..wow you are mental giant Kyle!…friggin idiot!

  • Kyle

    Also this page is becoming too much Trolls I’m getting sick of them, I wish EW would moderate their comments page

    • LOL

      Amen to that brother, all this stuff about Evangeline Lilly is getting out of hand. She’s just another crap actress that was in a crap tv show.

      • Hurley

        Well you are half right Evangeline Lilly is a crap actress and was the worst thing about “Lost”, but the show itself is far from crap, it is the anti-crap as far as tv shows go!

      • El Mexicano

        And your crap isn’t getting out of hand? You’re an idiot!!

      • LOL

        Now who is getting upset poor baby, Watch Fast Five, it will make you feel better, can you people afford DVDs?

  • Woot

    Remember when the comment section on these posts used to be somewhat normal? Also, AMERICA LOVES CRAP!!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

    • Barry

      Woot I think you are LOL!

  • fbdbpw

    Was really close to liking real steel but there wasnt anything enjoyable besides the fight scenes but i guess that was the point. Ides of march was much better than i thought it would be although i still enjoyed drive more

    • LOL

      Run- on sentence much?

  • Ken

    I don’t think 25 million is spectacular, but I am both amazed and appalled how this thing could have made more than 10. It was completely predictable. I am sick of this man-can’t-win-over-the -world-so-he-teams-up-with-his-son plot lines. Even the robots’ designs were shamelessly ripped off from Transformers.

    5 years from now, nobody is going to remember this movie.

    • Anne

      hmmm it’s been 5 minutes, what movie were you talking about?

    • Ana

      Times are bad right now and people want to go to the movies to escape the reports on the jobless rate and the constant political bickering. Normally, I’d be interested in seeing Ides of March but I read about this sort of stuff daily and I honestly don’t think I could take any more right now. Not that I intend to see Real Steel in its place.

  • LOL

    America loves crap

    • The Truth

      yep thats why they made Fast Five #1 back in may!

      • b

        Nice!

    • triumph the insult comic dog

      I poop on you LOL

  • Anne

    You people who post comments that have absolutely nothing to do with the blog/article in question are truly pathetic. I can only assume you have no friends at all and no life and are thus reduced to spewing your hatred and ignorance on comment boards. You have my pity.

    • triumph the insult comic dog

      I poop on you Anne!

    • Billiam

      Anne loves crap.

      • LOL

        Anne is crap!

    • Anne

      I changed my mind, My vag was just aching a little, because I am a diseased skank looking for a fix, can anyone help me out, make you feel good long time!

  • pancho villa

    @LOL hey primo!, we are taking our country back! Better start getting used to the New United States of Aztlan.

    • LOL

      eat a bean!

  • Jackson

    Strongest opening ever for a boxing themed movie starring a man who was born in the southern hemisphere and has once hosted the oscars, while also being slightly based on a fun game from the 60s while premiering on an uncharacteristically warm weekend in October and having a rhyming title.

    Just wanted to see how granular I could get.

    • LOL

      Wow Jackson, we are using big boy words “granular “, I am so impressed, you friggin tool!

      • LOL’s mom

        LOL, if you killed yourself right now, nobody would notice and/or care. I suggest you think about that very carefully and then go drink some bleach.

      • LOL’s dad

        Sorry son, your mom got out of the basement again.

      • LOL”s other dad

        But come home soon so me and your dad can double team you again!

    • LMFAO

      America wallows in Kathleen Turner’s underarm juice.

      • The Truth

        wow she must have struck a nerve LOL…poor baby you could not even use your usual name…did the “LOL =Lonely Old Losers” bother you that much..too funny!

      • LMFAO

        The Truth sleeps in a bed of lies.

      • The Truth

        sad pathetic attacks, you small poor troll!

      • The Truth

        abd btw your mamma is in the bed with me, she says hi!

      • LOL

        I didn’t know you were into necrophilia. I know you’re “The Truth” and all, but there’s such a thing as too much information.

      • LOL

        Once again, my mother unfortunately died long ago, so that must be incredibly akward for you.

      • LOL’s mom

        I am not dead, stop lying!

      • Anne

        Hey, LOL if she gave birth to you, she deserves to be dead!

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