Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 9th, 2011

Real Steel fights the competition to be number one at the box office

This week:

Hugh Jackman doesn't pull any punches as Real Steel opens at number one; George Clooney gets political in The Ides of March and holdover hits Dolphin Tale and Moneyball continue to do well.

Hugh Jackman’s big budget extravaganza Real Steel topped the box office over the weekend, grossing $27.3 million. The debut was in line with studio expectations and a decent way of showing that Hugh Jackman has some star power outside of playing Wolverine in X-Men. Real Steel has had solid reviews (read ours here) and Jackman has been on a strong promotional push, so it might crack $100 million and make some serious money around the globe. The debut of Real Steel is way behind the $85 million of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, although that film had a built in audience; being a sequel and originating in a popular comic book. It is also Jackman’s second best opening weekend outside the X-Men franchise – the top honour goes to the ill-fated Van Helsing.

The Ides of March opens in second place

George Clooney’s latest directorial effort The Ides of March opened in second place after taking $10.4 million over the weekend. The political thriller reportedly cost only $12.5 million, so it’ll cover its production cost by the middle of next week and if it gains the anticipated awards traction then it could climb to quite a high gross. The start was about two million less than Clooney’s last film as director – the comedy Leatherheads (this new effort has had better reviews - read ours), and the political aspect has more in common with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night, and Good Luck. It should become the actor/director’s highest grossing film besting Good Night, and Good Luck’s $31.5 million final cume. Clooney is joined in the film by a who’s who of critical favorites including Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Jeffrey Wright.

Dolphin Tale dropped to three and banked another $9.5 million. The family drama has now brought in over $49 million – about $10 million more than its production budget. Clooney’s Ocean’s 11 co-star Brad Pitt was in fourth place with Moneyball. The baseball drama has also grossed over $49 million, after bringing in another $7.5 million.

50/50 brought in $5.5 million and upped its gross to a disappointing $17.5 million. The cancer dramedy was always going to be a tough sell, so this gross is pretty decent considering...

Courageous took $4.6 million for a $16 million total. The Lion King upped its take to $85.9 million after grossing another $4.5 million. The film won’t hit $100 million on this release, but any money at this stage is all gravy.

Daniel Craig’s Dream House is turning into something of a nightmare. The horror/thriller dropped almost 50% down to $4.5 million – that gives the film a $14.5 million total gross. At least there’s always Bond 23 (Skyfall?).

What’s Your Number? and Taylor Lautner’s Abduction rounded out the top ten. Both films scored in the region of $3 million for totals of $10 million and $23 million respectively.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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